Hallie Thompson Galaise was born and raised in Manchester, Vermont. Like many of her contemporaries, she sought a job in the fly-tying shop of the Orvis Company. She began working for Orvis at the age of sixteen, and was the last Orvis tier to have been tutored by Mary Orvis Marbury. Until her death, Hallie Galaise tied dozens of flies each day without a vise and with the assistance of only a small pair of scissors. This fly was the last one she ever tied
The sparse Soft Hackle Fly written about extensively by Sylvester Nemes, and effectively fished by anglers all over the world is a proven winner during the March Brown emergence. Barrett ties a simple version using Hareline Ice Dub for the thorax (not sure if Syl Nemes would have approved). Fish it on a floating line, a leader at least 9 feet long, cast down and across and swing.