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    "It is a singular inconsistency, that anglers, scrupulously exact about a shade of colour, draw their flies across and up stream in a way in which no natural insect was ever seen moving."

    -W.C. Stewart, The Practical Angler, 1857


    It's tough to argue his point. The down and across soft hackle is swinging down and around. Around doesn't happen. (Although it still works - nothing more fun than swinging a starling and herl when the grannoms are coming off).

    Dave Hughes argues the upstream soft hackle represents a still-born or cripple floating down stream.

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    I'm fishing mainly against log jams, usually a puddle cast across/downstream and try for a short drag free drift.. The current is fairly fast so the trout really don't have a lot of time to inspect.. I do the upstream if it is feasible but normally it's not possible. I think Dave Hughes has it right and it's very effective. I believe Sylvester Nemes said the same thing.. Man I wish it would warm up..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven View Post
    - nothing more fun than swinging a starling and herl when the grannoms are coming off).
    Try this on your next caddis hatch. Dead drift fished upstream or downstream

    http://stevenojai.tripod.com/instcdcbubbleback.htm

    This one works well down and across...

    http://www.millersflyshop.com/servle...-Caddis/Detail

    You'll thank me later.

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    The first one doesn't do much for me.

    I do like to use an X-caddis, of which the second kind of reminds me, so I can see how that could be successful

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    Do you use a CDC and elk at all? I might start trying it more often...

    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven View Post
    The first one doesn't do much for me.

    I do like to use an X-caddis, of which the second kind of reminds me, so I can see how that could be successful
    Have you ever tried the first one?

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