Been doing some reading, and talked with a couple guys while fishing this spring. The one guy is fishing 3 soft hackles w/droppers and totally killing the trout while the rest of us more technical guys weren't. I'm pretty much sold on them, and want another weapon in my arsenal. I know this is THE old school way to FF, and had a little resurgence 10 years ago, but this guy was the only one I've really talked to who said he uses them all the time. He even showed me how to fish them. He gave me 3 of his ties (they are patterns with really modern materials that I'm not familiar with, except the hackles). I'm going to tie some hares ear style and some others- I'm not sure yet. Any of you into these? I'm going to try to fish soft hackles a lot this fall.