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Tying Video – Partridge & Yellow

In case you did not read the info in the description for the Yellow & Partridge on YouTube…  I will include it here.  This weeks fly, the Partridge and Yellow kicks off a number of “classic flies” that I will be focusing on for quit some time.  Right now, I will specifically be focusing on Soft Hackle patterns.  The secondary reason I am working on this class of flies is that I will be attending a Tie-A-Thon in May that is being hosted by the St. Joseph River Valley Fly Fishers.  I will be tying a number of soft hackle patterns at the event as well as before the event and making videos of the flies I tie as well.  Then I will not only donate the flies I tie on the day of the Tie-A-Thon but I will have a number of flies already tied up to donate as well.  If you are interested in attending or donating some flies for a worthy cause click on the image to the right to find out all about it.

I had decided that moving forward with Dressed Irons I want to focus on more classic patterns, say those tied before 1950.  I fell in love with fly fishing and fly tying years ago when most of the flies you saw being fished were wet flies or freshwater streamers.  Dry flies and nymph were gaining ground back in the 60’s and 70’s but it seemed (at least where I was looking) that wet flies, bucktail streamers and long freshwater streamers were still very popular.  Whatever the case, I fell in love with those flies and have for many year wanted to devote some time and energy to learning about and how to tie these wonderful beautiful flies.  So, 2021 I decided is the year to start.  In thinking about the types of flies I wanted to focus on I listed out the afore mentioned types as well as soft hackle flies.  These little flies have such a rich history and are so beautiful in their simplicity as well as effectiveness that I just had to include them.  I had originally wanted to start with some classic wet flies but when the news of this Tie-A-Thon reached me and I found they needed some soft hackles I decided this would take care of to goals at once.  So, this week I start with the Partridge & Yellow.  A classic soft hackle that should be in every fly box of anyone wanting to drift these flies.  If you are interested in tying soft hackles then this is a wonderful fly to start with.  Simple in materials, in form and in method but it will help lay down the groundwork for so many other soft hackle patterns.  I did mention in the video one of the best book available today on the soft hackle flies and that is one by Sylvester Nemes, Two Centuries of Soft-Hackled Flies: A Survey of the Literature Complete with Original Patterns:1747-Present.  If you want to learn more about these flies and their history this is a fantastic book to start you on that road.  I hope you like the Partridge & Yellow.

Hook:Mustad 3906, 3906b or 3399, #10 – #16
Thread:Pearsall’s Gossamer Silk, Yellow or Wapsi UTC Ultra Thread 70 Denier Yellow
Body:Pearsall’s Gossamer Silk, Yellow or Wapsi UTC Ultra Thread 70 Denier Yellow
Collar:Hungarian Partridge, Natural
Head/Weight:Pearsall’s Gossamer Silk, Yellow or Wapsi UTC Ultra Thread 70 Denier Yellow
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If you would like to purchase some Yellow & Partridge flies there are a number for sale (while supplies last).

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As always, if you have any questions about this fly (or any other) you can leave a comment on Dressed Irons or any of the videos I have produced and I will help in anyway I can. Enjoy!

Remember….. It’s Fly tying….. If you’re not having fun, You’re Doin’ It Wrong.

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