The Isonychia soft hackle is an excellent pattern to fish during an iso hatch, and for me personally it’s something I fish even through rising fish.
For those of you in our New City group, This was one of the patterns that we discussed and tied during our project healing waters meeting on July 26, 2016.
During an iso hatch the emerging insects swim as fast as they can towards the surface.. And that’s where this fly comes in.
Isonychia soft hackle
Hook: standard wet fly hook
Tailing and hackle: Whiting’s Hebert Miner Wet Fly Hackle in Wild type Brown.
Dubbing: A mix of red and brown SLF squirrel dubbing as well as guard hairs taken off of a squirrel skin.
Stripe: doubled over white thread or one strand of thicker thread or embroidery floss
Ribbing: Gold Wire
Step one Tie in your tailing
(If you are following along from our project healing waters group in new city or just Need a little extra help; click on the hyperlinks and it will take you to an instructional on certain techniques)
Now you want to Tie in your white thread at the base of the tail (Those of you in our class keep in mind this technique is the same as tying in tailing)
Now tie in your gold wire also at the base of the tail on the side of the white thread.
Mixing the dubbing:
Next up is dubbing and SLF squirrel has got to be my favorite. What I do for this is I take a mixture of red and dark brown and I mix them together. Then I snip a patch of guard hairs off of a full squirrel skin and mix them in.
This will give you a good reddish-brown mix but be sure to adjust this based on the isonychias in your area because colors always vary.
Make a dubbing noodle
And dub your hook almost up to the eye but make sure you leave enough room to tie in the hackle.
Once you have dubbed the body it’s now time to create the visible stripe that goes along an isonychias natural nymph body .
Do this by Bringing the white thread forward and use your finger nail it to hold it down as you tie it down with a wrap.
Next up is wrapping the wire ribbing.
Once you have reached the area right before the eye, tie it off and remove the excess wire.
Now its time to select, prepare and tie in your hackle.
Thats it! I hope this pattern brings you luck! I like to fish this one on an upstream cast and then a lift at the end of your swing.
If they are taking them on top as well, feel free to add some dry fly floatant to these and fish them right in the film. It has caught many trout for me that way.