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So it starts. The Brown Hackle Peacock, Gray Hackle Peacock and the Gray Hackle Yellow are three of my all-time favorite wet flies. I was fishing these flies with a fly and bubble in the high mountain lakes of Utah long before I learned to fly cast. They were all but forgotten until Dec’s DH rods came out 10 years ago. The 5 weight ended up being perfect for swinging wets for trout. A team of these three flies has proven deadly in most of the trout water I fish. Easy to tie, fun to fish.

Gray Hackle Peacock



Hook: Heavy wire wet fly
Tail: Red Hackle fibers
Body: Peacock herl
Hackle: Soft Grizzle hackle

Brown Hackle Peacock



Hook: Heavy wire wet fly
Tail: Red Hackle fibers
Body: Peacock herl
Hackle: Soft brown hackle

Gray Hackle Yellow



Hook: Heavy wire wet fly
Tail: Red Hackle fibers
Body: Yellow floss
Rib: Flat tinsel, gold
Hackle: Soft grizzle hackle

All three are a pretty simple build. Start by securing the tying thread to the hook, just forward of the bend. Strip a clump of hackle fibers from the stem. Gauge to length and secure.



Wrap the tying thread forward trapping the tail as you go. Secure in 4 peacock herls with the tips reward. This will eliminate bulk at the head.



Wrap the peacock herl down to the tail joint, then return and secure. Work a small tapper in the body as you wrap the herl forward.



Secure in a hackle and wrap as a collar. For this style of wet fly I use both sides of the feather, folding the barbs reward as the hackle is wrapped.



Whip finish, head cement is optional.

The body on the Gray Hackle yellow is finished the same, only a rib is added.



All three are excellent searching patterns, kind of like the Green Butt Skunk is for steelheading. Not as classy as the lead wings, but they have a place in my box just the same.
 

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Sweet flies Marty! I absolutely love tying and fishing soft hackles.

My favs:

PT soft hackle
Partridge and orange
Purple and snipe
Hares ear SH

Thanks for sharing.

KC
 

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Sweet flies Marty! I absolutely love tying and fishing soft hackles.

My favs:

PT soft hackle
Partridge and orange
Purple and snipe
Hares ear SH

Thanks for sharing.

KC
Soft hackles are next.
 

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Some things do not Need

Explanations

Simplistic and Beautiful


Couple questions
1. Again the peacock how do you select beautiful herl
2. Do you find the black bleeds through the body once wet

Learned so much from your posts already

Thanks Marty


Your Mentee Wayne
 

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...Gray Hackle Yellow...

I live a couple hours north of you. Back when I tied for a local shop, old timers would come in and ask for these, Captains, and wet Renegades. That's all they wanted-
 

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1. Again the peacock how do you select beautiful herl
2. Do you find the black bleeds through the body once wet
1. No high grading on the herl. I just make sure they are all the same length.

2. I don't worry about the black thread. It may bleed through, I have never noticed. You could do an underbody of tinsel, but again I am not sure it matters.
 

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Thanks for all the kind words.

Captains, and wet Renegades, grandpa's favorites.
 

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Beautiful ties. I dedicated an entire season to fishing soft hackles exclusively. I was not disappointed. Small to large trout just hammer them.
thanks for sharing
 

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Beautiful ties. I dedicated an entire season to fishing soft hackles exclusively. I was not disappointed. Small to large trout just hammer them.
thanks for sharing
Absolutely my friend !! I rarely fish anything else for trout.
Grease your leader and fish them through a caddis hatch and be prepared to play with some of the bigger fish :smokin:


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These are the 2nd flies I teach in a beginning fly tying class because: 1) they are only 3 materials; 2) the students learn how to tie a tail, herl body, and wrap hackle. Plus they are damn effective for trout and panfish (and can work just as well on summer steelhead if tied larger); and 3) by changed the colors of the tail, body, and hackle this style fly can be used to imitate a lot of different fish foods.

It is nice to see the old (and still very effective) flies Marty.
 

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I've caught more fish on a P&P with a red tail than any other fly. It's amazing how eager the fish are to eat a size 14.
 

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As always, beautiful ties Marty.

The Brown Hackle Peacock, Partridge and Peacock and SH Hares Ear are my go-to caddis pupae patterns. 100+ years since they were created and the trout still eat 'em...
 

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Fireroad,

The size of the red hackle doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is the hackle fibers after they are stripped off the hackle stem are long enough to tie the tail on the size fly you are tying. Big Saltwater hackle will work just fine.
 
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