Soft hackle and CDC Brassies should be in every trout and yellowfish nymph box; they imitate a variety of ‘bugs’ and have some serious mojo even on the slow days. I particularly enjoy fishing them patiently under an indicator in stillwater channels or deep pools where you can give them plenty of hang time to pick up a patrolling fish.

Black CDC Brassie recipe

Hook: #14 Mouche Caddis 8471

Thread: Black Gordon Griffiths Sheer 14/0

Bead: Black tungsten

Body: Black Ultra Wire

Thorax: Black synthetic dubbing

Collar: Black CDC (cdc fibres palmered in split-thread)

Wing: 2 x fine olive crystal flash strands

 

Olive soft hackle Brassie recipe

Hook: #14 Mouche Caddis 8471

Thread: Black Gordon Griffiths Sheer 14/0

Bead: Black/gold/copper/pink tungsten

Body: Olive Ultra Wire

Thorax: Natural grey hares ear dubbing

Collar: Olive partridge feather (I selected a small feather and palmered it to form the soft hackle collar)

 

Smaller, black nymph patterns can be a game changer when conditions are tough on our local waters.