Nymphs, Emergers and Dry Flies

Allen McGee

fly-fishing Soft-Hackles

"Soft-hackles continue to grow in popularity because they work, and nobody knows this better than Allen McGee. His latest book gives us a comprehensive set of lessons on tying soft-hackle flies, based solidly on aquatic biology mixed with years of streamside experimentation. He combines a respect for England's ancient soft-hackle tradition with an embrace of new materials and tying techniques. Fly-Fishing Soft-Hackles will be an inspiration to anybody wishing to  expand their fly-tying repertoire, and to master their presentation of these beautiful flies to the wary trout." - Lance Hidy

"Allen McGee's books, first Tying & Fishing Soft-Hackled Nymphs and now this great new one, Fly-Fishing Soft Hackles: Nymphs, Emergers, and Dry Flies, are rooted in wet fly tradition but take several bold bounds into fly fishing's future. You'll have fun and catch lots more trout, if you step along with him." - Dave Hughes

A thorough exploration of contemporary use of soft-hackle flies -- including nymphs, emergers, and dry flies -- that pushes the boundaries of how these types of flies can be used. Covers tying techniques, strategy, and presentation and features over 500 soft-hackle flies with color photos and recipes. Learn how to imitate a full spectrum of trout stream aquatic lifeforms with soft-hackle flies.

Stackpole Books Guilford CT 2017
Paperback, 268 pages
11 x 8 1/2 in.

Condition near new. Back cover is creased.




Chapter 1.   Defining the Genre

Chapter 2.   Progressive Fly Materials and Tying Methods

Chapter 3.   Progressive Design Applications

Chapter 4.   Match-the-Hatch Soft Hackles: Mayflies

Chapter 5.   Match-the-Hatch Soft Hackles: Caddis, Stoneflies and

Chapter 6.   Match-the-Hatch Soft Hackles: Other Insects and

Chapter 7.   Modern Prospecting Soft Hackles

Chapter 8.   Presentation Tactics

Chapter 9.   Favorite Rigs

Chapter 10.  Soft Hackles on the Water

Pattern Index

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