Over the last two decades, wet flies have evolved probably more than any other type of flies to date. Wet flies are any type of pattern that is fished deep and hanging in the current. Examples are nymphs, minnows, caterpillars, rock worms, etc. but the traditional forms of these classic patterns seem to work best. One of the better known traditional wet flies is Neme’s Soft Hackle Partridge. This classic wet fly is a general imitation of everything fish love to eat. The peacock herl body and copper ribbing will get a rise out of even the most stubborn of fish. To fish this classic fly a technique called the wet fly swing is used. This technique has produced large numbers of quality fish for anglers who dedicate themselves to learning this method.
The wet fly swing id performed with a general up-and-across type of fly cast. This delivery places the fly in the fish’s field of view without giving the fish a glimpse of the angler. Mending the line while fishing these patterns allows the fly to drift naturally with the current. A drag free drift is a necessary component to the swing techniques because it allows the fly to sink to the desired level in the water column while simulating an aquatic insect that has become drowned or dislodged and swept downstream. As the fly line reaches a position directly in front of the angler a mend is made across the current. This line mend (depending on the current will be upstream or downstream) will allow for the body of the fly line to be pushed downstream faster then the fly. This resulting current push will swing the fly downstream of the angler simulating an escaping insect or minnow. This swing will occur until the line reaches a point directly beneath the angler. At this point it is a good idea to pause for a second or two and then gently lift the rod tip and the line. Raising the line like this will bring the fly up from the depths simulating an emerger rising off of the bottom to the surface.
Wet fly fishing is a great way for fly anglers to get introduced to sub-surface fishing and a using a fly such as Neme’s Soft Hackle Partridge will fool fish consistently making your days of fishing fun and memorable for years to come.
Tie this fly in sizes 12-18.
Start this fly by placing the hook into the vice and tightening it into place securely. Attach the thread behind the hook eye and tie in three inch section of copper wire to the underside of the hook shank. Clip several pheasant tail fibers and attach them to the rear of the hook shank. Wrap the pheasant tail fibers up the hook shank creating a nice even body for the fly. Counter wrap the copper up the fly body securing the pheasant tail fibers in place.
Select a small nicely colored partridge hackle and tie it onto the hook shank, by its tip. Clip the tied off feather tip clean off them palmer the partridge hackle around the hook shank three times. Tie off the hackle and clip off the excess, then take a few turns of thread over the hackle to create a swept look. Whip finish the thread and cement the head.