Yes on both counts. I tend to use streamers and soft hackles year round on my home river. Both work great. Caught an absolute pig of a rainbow this past Sunday on the brown/orange soft hackle in the picture. Only about 19" long but truly built like a football!
Now if you really want to get high tech try tying on a streamer, big and noticeable, and run a soft hackle off the bend about 18" below. Hmmmmmmm, did I just divulge one of my secrets?
I see you're a shvingger too!
Bruce and Walker North America - Pro Staff