Tippets: Soft Hackle Tactics, Gear in Question, Fish With Abs

  • Fishing sparse soft-hackles can be a demanding technique, but Chris Dore outlines some methods and his go-to pattern. On the effectiveness of this style he writes, “dont feel soft hackles are the lazy way out. Keeping a selection on hand will often save the day when fish are being fickle.”
  • The recent designation of bonefish and tarpon as catch and release only species has sparked debate on gear usage and restrictions. Via Miami Herald.
  • Fascinating fossils have been found in Australia. Having abdominal muscles just like mammals, reptiles, and birds, 380-million-year-old fish “were probably far better swimmers,” says Flinders University palaeontologist John Long, “than we’d previously thought.”
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  • Mike Miller

    Soft-hackles are a blast to fish and ty. You can also fish em like a streamer (slower), and make them look like an emerger coming up.