The Magic Dun Soft Hackle

Curtis Fry- May, 2019

The Baetis, or Blue Wing Olive, hatch out here in the west is a pretty big deal so we tend to stock up on as many good patterns as we can. One of the patterns that, in my opinion, you never want to be without is a good soft hackle pattern. I've had great success with them before, during and after the main hatch, so never discount the value of a good soft hackle pattern. I've even gone as far as drowning my normal dry flies in order to get a good soft hackle pattern when I'm lacking anything else. The Magic Dun Soft Hackle makes use of a couple of newer materials we've gotten our grubby mitts on and is a variation of a dun soft hackle pattern my buddies and I have used on the Green River in Utah for years. The first material here is a limited run of these small Bantam hen capes & saddles from Whiting. The feathers are uber-soft and long enough, even in small sizes, to tie up some killer soft hackles. The saddles make for bigger soft hackles and even bugger patterns. And like their dry fly equivalents, saddles are more consistent in size across the board. Whiting Bantam Hen Cape Bantam Hen Saddle The other material is what I consider one of my favorite new materials in the past year or so: Magic Quills. They're distributed by Hareline and come from Gaga Flies (Dragoslav Mihajlović) out of Serbia. Similar to some of the other synthetic quills, these are sticky-backed and printed on a vinyl sort of material. The cool thing about these is that they are progressively transparent so that the quill "band" shows nicely while maintaining the color underneath. So if you want a red highlight, you can use red thread or tinsel underneath. In this pattern, we use gray to match our local Baetis hatch. But feel free to mix and match to hit any sort of drake, PMD, Sulphur or other mayfly color you feel like. These Bantam feathers can tie all sizes and the natural dun color gives a great all-around mayfly wing color imitation.

Material List
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier
UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

$1.99
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge

8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge

$3.25
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier

Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier

$2.99
Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish
Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish

Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish

$17.99
Hanak H 230 BL Standard Nymph Hook
Hanak H 230 BL Standard Nymph Hook

Hanak H 230 BL Standard Nymph Hook

$8.95
Firehole Sticks 633 Nymph & Wet
Firehole Sticks 633 Nymph & Wet

Firehole Sticks 633 Nymph & Wet

$7.25
Loon UV Infiniti Light
Loon UV Infiniti Light

Loon UV Infiniti Light

$59.99
TMC 5263 Nymph & Streamer Hook
TMC 5263 Nymph & Streamer Hook

TMC 5263 Nymph & Streamer Hook

$28.65
Nature's Spirit Beaver Dubbing
Nature's Spirit Beaver Dubbing

Nature's Spirit Beaver Dubbing

$2.95
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0

Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0

$3.50
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0

Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 12/0

$3.50
Fulling Mill 35105 Competition Heavyweight Hook Barbless
Fulling Mill 35105 Competition Heavyweight Hook Barbless

Fulling Mill 35105 Competition Heavyweight Hook Barbless

$12.95
C&F Design Hackle Pliers
C&F Design Hackle Pliers

C&F Design Hackle Pliers

$45.95
Fulling Mill 35025 Grab Gape Hook, Barbless
Fulling Mill 35025 Grab Gape Hook, Barbless

Fulling Mill 35025 Grab Gape Hook, Barbless

$12.95
Whiting Bantam Hen Cape
Whiting Bantam Hen Cape

Whiting Bantam Hen Cape

$16.99
Fulling Mill 35085 Nymph Hook, Barbless
Fulling Mill 35085 Nymph Hook, Barbless

Fulling Mill 35085 Nymph Hook, Barbless

$12.95
Daiichi 1560 - Traditional Nymph Hook
Daiichi 1560 - Traditional Nymph Hook

Daiichi 1560 - Traditional Nymph Hook

$5.85
Firehole Sticks 609 Nymph Wet
Firehole Sticks 609 Nymph Wet

Firehole Sticks 609 Nymph Wet

$7.25