Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Soft Hackle Brassie

My friends Paul, Dennis and Jim have been fishing the kettle ponds of Cape Cod and environs all fall and through December, with awesome success.  I haven't quite found my way down to fish with them, as I seem to have put my gear away in early September.  But I have enjoyed Paul's frequent telephone calls with "fish reports"  to tell me how great the pond fishing (stocked trout) has been this year (unlike last year).

Paul loves to fish dry flies and usually waits to see insect activity before stringing his flyrod.  This is the advantage you have when you live so close to good trout water.  Over the years he's developed some good instincts for fishing his home waters through the fall and until the last pond freezes over.

But this year, Paul and my other buddies seemed to have eschewed the dry fly and have found their greatest success with what Paul calls a soft hackle brassie.  I recently asked him to send me a sample and he quickly tied up a couple of each of the colors he'd been using:  copper, red, and green.

Paul is a great story teller and writer.  He's written two "Flies with a Story" articles for my Web site, here and here.  I've asked Paul to write a story about fishing the soft hackle brassie, and I a sure he will.  In the meantime, here are a few pictures I took of the flies he sent me.  These are all tied on size 12 hooks.



trublubug said...

I'd like to get more info on these flies Peter, especially how they are being fished (specifics). Are your friends sight fishing to cruising trout. I've little access to still water for trout fishing close by. I need to make fairly long trips to do still water trout fishing and usually end up fishing these waters with dragonfly/damselfly representations. I use a sinking fly line type presentation (count down method) and then do short strips to retrieve. I suspect the pattern would be great for my small stream trout fishing as well, but I'd like to know how your friends fish them....

Thanks for any help...


Peter F. said...

Hi Bill, Happy New Year!! I talked with Paul earlier this week and he will be writing up some useful information for these flies. These were tied as size 12, and I think that may be his preferred size for still water trout (maybe yes, maybe no... I think he'll go over that).

We talked today and Paul is sending me some size 10's as I told him I thought they would be nice for the blue gill pond fishing I do.

Peter F.