Why Swinging Soft Hackles Works

It might be the oldest trick in the trout fly fishers playbook. Yet many people still don’t really know why swinging soft hackles work. It's hardly a natural presentation...

Why Swinging Soft Hackles Works

July 2020

It might be the oldest trick in the trout fly fishers playbook. Swinging soft hackled flies has worked for hundreds of years and though not as popular today, it still tricks fish when nothing else does. Yet, many people still don’t really know why it works. Even in the videos scattered across the internet, anglers claim that we still don’t know why trout take swung soft hackles!


Surely there is a logical reason why swinging soft hackles elicit strikes. Better yet, if we understand WHY this strategy works, we will know WHEN to swing.