One of my favorite flies is the old Paul Kukonen streamer pattern, The Cardinelle. Its a super effective attractor pattern and has earned itself a regular spot in my streamer wallet. Another great pattern is Jack Gartside’s Soft Hackle Streamer. Jack encouraged tiers to experiment with the Soft Hackle, and he suggested different Soft Hackle colors and collar combinations. Though I typically fish the original white and natural mallard collar variant of the Soft Hackle, as I sat down to tie tonight it dawned on me to tie a Soft Hackle Cardinelle. The simple Cerise marabou body and yellow dyed mallard collar look great together and accurately reflect their inspiration. The first of the flies for the 2015 season!