Identifying Soft Hackles

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This week’s RIO Fly Fishing Tip shows how to identify a "soft hackle". Soft hackles, also known as "spiders" in the UK, are a type of fly that is usually fished under water to deadly effect. They represent nymphs, drowned insects, emergers, and a host of other food sources that trout love and, as a result, are an important fly style to have in your box.

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