How To Tie: Tactical Soft Hackle Jig Variation February 4, 2021 – Posted in: Community, Learning – Tags: , , , , ,

Vedavoo Torchbearer JR Maggard shares a real cool jig pattern for trout.

There are a TON of soft hackle jig nymphs out there, but I created this version based off of some other jigs that I have fished locally and done well with and incorporated some really cool Brahma hen Cape feathers that I picked up at my local shop. My original version included a thorax made of wire, a pheasant tail wing case, and a mirage tinsel flash back. For simplicity, I stuck true to my original color combination, but changed the thorax to ice dub. You can take this fly a million different directions with all of the different color materials you can swap out.

Materials needed for this fly:

Hook: Firehold 516, size 14. Use whatever jig hook or style you prefer.
Thread: Veevus GSP, 50 Denier Black. Black UTC 70 will also work.
Bead: Silver slotted tungsten. 2.8 MM.
Wire: Sybai Flat Silver Wire. Ultrafine wide size. You could just use whatever size silver wire you have though.
Pheasant Tail Fibers: Black.
Ice Dub: Claret and Peacock Eye colors.
Soft hackle feathers: Whiting Farms Brahma Hen Cape.  Badger Medium Dun Color.
UV Resin: Solarez Bone Dry.

Step 1: Get your bead on the hook and the hook in the vise.  Start your thread and build a small dam of thread to hold your bead properly in place.

Step 2: Wrap your thread to the bend of your hook in the back.  Take 5-6 black pheasant tail fibers and tie those in for your tail.  I usually take two wraps of thread to loosely tie in, pull the fibers up and towards the bead until I have the desired length.  This helps make sure the fibers stay on top of the hook and my tail is the appropriate length.

Step 3: Secure the pheasant tail fibers by wrapping back up to just shy of your bead. Trim off excess pheasant tail fibers. Tie in your silver wire by the bead and back to the rear of your fly.  Keeping all of the materials tied in the length of the hook shank helps make sure you have consistency in the thickness of your fly.

Step 4: Now you can use your thread to build up a tapered abdomen for your fly (Skinny in the back, thicker towards the front).  One thing I have noticed about this pattern is the soft hackle can cover up some of the thorax that you make, so you may make the abdomen slightly shorter and the thorax slightly bigger.

Step 5:  Wrap your wire up the abdomen, tie it off, and remove the excess.

Step 6: Apply a thin coat of UV resin to your abdomen and cure it.  Be careful not to let it get on your other thread or drip onto your spool.  This step is optional, but it will help with the durability of the fly.

Step 7: Apply a tight noodle of claret Ice Dub to your thread and wrap to build a thorax up to just shy of the bead.  As I mentioned previously, you will want to might the thorax just slightly longer since the soft hackle will cover a portion of it.  If you make it too short it will be all but hidden under the soft hackle.  Remember to leave yourself a little room between the front of your thorax and the bead to tie in your hackle and hot spot.

Step 8: Select an appropriate sized hackle feather from your cape.  Preen the fibers so they stick straight out and you have a nice tie in spot directly to the spine of the feather.  Make two full wraps with the hackle around your fly, tie it off, and trim the excess components of the feather.

Step 9: Take a very small amount of peacock eye ice dub and create a tight nope on your thread.  It should only be one to two wraps to use this material.  This will create a small green hot spot and help the soft hackle fibers lay down against the fly.  

Step 10: Whip finish and apply a bit of super glue/head cement.

Happy Fishing!

Author: Vedavoo Torchbearer JR Maggard is a native Idahoan and avid fly fisherman and Tier.  The only thing he loves more than catching big fish is his beautiful wife, and daughter. When he’s not loving on big fish and his wife, he enjoys kicking back in the outdoors and enjoying his favorite local IPA, Sockeye Dagger Falls.

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