I have tied just about every fly from salt to poppers, nymphs and dries, but I have never ever done soft hackles.....I know, I am missing out.
However I am going to the S. Fork of the Boise and there is pink, yes pink mayfly called the Pink Albert (E. alberta) AKA Yellow Quill,that apparently has the craziness to shed the shuck under water instead of on the top or in the film as most mayflies do, thus making duns not as important as the soft hackle version of this fly. http://www.westfly.com/ento/mays/yellow.htm
Does anyone have a great reference for this or some trick that they use. Mine keep coming up what appears longer than the bend, not much, but not perfect. I have a #2 Hun cape. Is it choosing the feather, prep, cape, or stupidity that is causing my problem. Is Scotch in a glass without ice cubes required like the ancients of the sport I imagined doing before there was comparaduns, parachutes, CDC, and the forbidden closed cell foam?