I really like to swing wet flies, streamers and soft hackles for trout and landlocked salmon. And I also like to add a little bling to them. This soft hackle is a case in point: its a knock-off of that old stand-by, the gold-ribbed hare's ear, which I always had great success with. The colors of this fly are very similar...just with that added flash of the olive brown Ice Dubbing.
Tail - a few ring-neck pheasant tail barbs
Rib - small oval gold tinsel
Thread - Gray Gordon Griffiths 14/0
Underbody - Brown Uni-Yarn
Body - Olive Brown Ice Dubbing
Hackle - Hungarian Partridge
Hook - Your favorite wet fly/nymph hook
A good place to start is by putting your hook in the vise and getting the thread started on down the shank.
Tie in 3 or 4 or 5 barbs from Mr. Ringneck's tail feather.
Bind it down, running thread up towards head, clip off excess, and run back down to the butt.
Tie in the oval gold tinsel ribbing.
Bind it down same as the tail.
At this point I like to wrap the shank with something like Uni-wool. Dunno if it makes the fly sink quicker when it gets soaked or not. I just like the way it makes for a fuller body. Guess you could use anything you wanted to accomplish that, if you felt that "fuller body" urge, too.
Dubbing time. First, I roll a "noodle" of the Ice Dubbing on my thigh. Denim jeans seem to create just the right resistance to make a nice noodle.
Now make yourself about a three inch dubbing loop (horrible pic, sorry).
Insert the noodle into the loop.
Give 'er a spin. I use a crochet hook thingy I boosted from my mother's sewing kit about 35 years ago to spin the loop.
Wrap the shank with your Ice Dub rope.
I forgot to take a pic of it, but now would also be a very good time to wrap the tinsel ribbing up the shank. Five turns looks nice.
Time to hackle the beast. Pluck an appropriately sized Hungarian partridge feather, and prepare thusly:
Tie in thusly (I'm on a thusly kick, apparently):
Wrap thusly (lol):
Tie off, uh, er, thusly:
Wrap the head and go fishing.
I hooked my largest landlocked salmon to date on this fly a couple years ago at Upper Dam in Maine. And a year or so ago, fishing the Mettawee in NY, there was a nice fish rising in a long, glassy glide. I drifted dries over it for about 15 minutes; never put it down, but never brought it up, either. Decided to change tactics. Waded carefully out of the river and went upstream of the fish (which was still sporadically rising). Tied on this soft hackle in, I believe, a size 10, and got back in the river. You knew this was coming...on the first swing past the fish, it took, and I landed a nice 15" brown trout. Also have great luck with it on tiny little streams for brook trout.
Try it. You'll like it.