Countdown Softies
Tied by: Bill Trublubug Southeastern PA, US
Bill Trublubug

Bill Trublubug
1 year ago

Just trying to maximize a limited supply of olive dyed grizzly soft hackle feathers. Used one feather to tie these four.

Hook sizes from 12 to 18. Black bead sizes 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, and 2.5 mm (approx.). Tapered body light olive tying thread. Note the bead position is “behind” the hackle.

These obviously sink at different rates so it’s a “countdown” in still waters as well as a size countdown for the hooks and beads.

Brown hackle and copper beads work well, as do black hackle and gold beads. Let me know if you have a different favorite color. I’ve not tried the brightly colored beads.

Jim Cannon
1 year ago

Those should work Bill nice job👍🏻

Michaël Bynens
1 year ago

very nice, i try it soon!

Bill Trublubug
1 year ago

Thanks gentlemen. I tied quite a few of this style (bead behind the hackle softies), and sent them out for field testing. When I got no “wow” reviews, I thought I’d come up with a “fishless wonder”. Turns out that, just like me, no one had a chance to try them out. Finally some very positive reports came back so I posted the photo. Seems favored color choice is dependent on the waters being fished (as you might expect). Still hoping someone will try some of those bright beads as a sub for a hotspot. We are in the midst of a snowstorm here so I’ll wait to hear from anyone willing to tie and try.

Michael Johnson
1 year ago

wow

Michael hackwith
1 year ago

now is that bead chain or just bead ,,,, I have been o a bead chain eye groove for a bit, I have been trying to Post my ties but y tablet keeps saying " flyflasher stopped working" ake me crazy , cause I want to show get oppion,,, may it will start again someday, 90% of my fishing is Brook an rainbow, up here in Colorado,

Bill Trublubug
1 year ago

#Michael #hackwith , these are just beads not bead chain but hey, might have to try these using bead chain. I tried a myriad of color combos using copper, brass, and black beads. I’m still going to tie a few with colored beads and see if that has a positive effect. So far the color combos that have worked best are all over the ballpark depending on the waters fished. It’s been my experience that water clarity plays a large role as well. I favor copper beads and black for really dirty water. Hoping to get more feedback from my “field testers”. I’ve had some “interesting” (read mystifying) experiences with other patterns that kill only on certain waters. Assume this is due to the critters in particular waters. What mystifies me is that I consider soft hackles/spiders to be only very vaguely imitative. I’d have thought if a pattern worked in one place, it would work everywhere. So much to learn, so little time. Would like to see your latest efforts, hope you can get the issue worked out with the site.

Wyatt Martin Collins
1 year ago

Nice. The bead really doubles as weight and a thorax.

mark schwartz
1 year ago

Gentelman please help a novice out here. The other day i purchased bead chair, and was totally convinced that i purchased the wrong thing. How do you use the bead chain?

Bill Trublubug
1 year ago

Typically it’s tied across the hook shank (one bead on each side of the shank). It’s tied in with figure eight wraps just behind the hook eye and used as eyes or simply just for weight. #mark#schwartz keep in mind adding weight on top of the hook will usually cause the fly to flip over so the hook point rides up. This isn’t a bad thing. When I’m using bead chain, it’s usually the first material I tie on. Most of the damsel fly or dragonfly nymphs posted here use beadchain. Check them out to see what I mean Mark.

Bill Trublubug
1 year ago

Type black damsel fly nymph in the search to see a good example (tied by tippetsnapper) of one use for beadchain #mark #schwartz

Bill Trublubug
1 year ago

My apologies to you #mark #schwartz and also to #Bar #Fly. I incorrectly attributed his fly to tippetsnapper.

Sean Chahley
1 year ago

These look great Bill! I love the feather selection. Anything in olive should be a sure catch 😍

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