Smokey Mtn Blackbird
So I finally bought some of these flies from Hugh. Man those things look fishy, they almost make me hungry. I don't want to give away any secrets or anything, but the way he ties on the soft hackle is something I haven't seen and really has a great effect. I tied one on and pulled it through an aquarium. That spiral hackly really comes to life. It creates so much more movement then a typical partridge hackle on most soft hackles. In a nice spring creek, or a tailwater, I suspect the more subtile movement of the partridge is plenty, but in a freestone, I can see what difference just that one feature probably makes.
I am now excitted to tie up some of my favorite soft hackles with the same hackle and see how it goes.
Those things aren't very good, you might as well just not worry about using them............ That "fishy" look that you speak of actually repels them away so i wouldn't bother letting the fish get a good look at this fly.
I recommend that you let some other poor old sap buy up all of hugh's smbshs!
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