Soft-Hackled Patterns Lists
A few years ago I started putting together lists of soft-hackled flies and spiders from as many sources as I could find, cross referencing each to assure their accuracy as much as possible.
In my own study of these flies from the earliest texts I have been facinated with the lineage and evolution of these patterns over hundreds of years. There is a certain connection in compiling these lists with their notes and attributes for me, just as was done by each of the authors listed here. Each chose the patterns they found the most useful for publication, while some fell out of favor to find new life in subsequent books or changed slightly from list to list.
I've enjoyed the comparisons of similar flies, how they are discribed and for what purpose they were tied. They are interesting in their own rite, but particularly useful today, looking for an advantage while ruffling through the fly box standing in knee deep water. I find them addictive in their own way.
Included are some helpful notes to make the older texts more accessible. Feel free to use these for your own personal reference. It's an interesting resource for comparing and tying these simple patterns. I will continue to add lists and additional information.
Bibliography of Literature related to Soft-Hackled Flies
At present the bibliography is pared down to be more accessible. There are in fact dozens of other books that could have been included but these would be my core reference library to begin an investigation into the subject. Anyone you ask will probably have a different list books that are incredibly important...but this is my list.