The Trout Line February 20, 2023


February 20, 2023


Welcome to The Trout Line Newsletter! This is our Tualatin Valley Trout Unlimited Chapter newsletter that will be coming out twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month.


Fly of the Month - Go-to Soft Hackle

Written by Mike Gentry
I have my fishing buddy and former TVTU President Alex Barkume to thank for reminding me that simplest is often best.  I am a sucker for the myriad of fly permutations and convolutions that appear in the fishing and tying magazines and often arrive streamside with a variety of intricate emerger patterns I've painstakingly tied, in a "more is better" mode.  That was true one day this summer on the Madison River when he and I were floating a stretch just above Ennis.  We beached the pontoon boats in an area that I knew from earlier trips held a good number of browns and rainbows in the deeper, boulder-bottomed channel that gradually shallowed and slowed just below us.  As I was into my fifth or so offering with little success, I became aware that my buddy just downstream from me was consistently taking fish on the swing.  He had switched to his go-to soft hackle on a dry line and as it swung and rose toward the surface, he usually connected.  Admitting defeat, I worked my way over and peered at a simple pheasant tail sparse soft hackle.  Alex was kind enough to equip me with one, and my luck soon changed.  Tie some, and I predict yours will as well.


Hook:                             Tiemco 100, #s 12-16

Thread:                          Black or dark brown 8/0

Rib:                                 Fine copper wire

Body:                              Pheasant Tail

Hackle:                           Grouse or partridge

1.  Wind the thread to the turn of the hook and tie in the copper wire.

2.  Tie in five or six pheasant tail fibers, tip first, and wind in tight turns to just a tad behind they eye.  Tie off and trim.

3.  Counterwind the copper ribbing wire in five or six turns to the front of the body, tie off and clip. 

4.  Tie in a small grouse or partridge feather (splines when wound should come to about the back of the hook) and make one or two winds (this is a very sparsely hackled pattern).  Tie off, trim, and finish and cement the head.


Meetings Location and Dates

Regular chapter meetings are held at the Old Market Pub 6959 SW Multnomah Blvd., Portland, OR 97223.  Food and beverage available.  Social get together starts at 7:00 pm and speaker starts at 7:30 pm unless otherwise noted in the newsletter or website.

February Meeting - March 8



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