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
  • Hook: Hanak H 230 BL Standard Nymph Hook - 16
  • Hook (alt): Fulling Mill 35105 Competition Heavyweight Hook Barbless - 16
  • Thread: 8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge - Gray
  • Thread (alt): UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Olive
  • Tail & Hackle: Whiting Bantam Hen Cape
  • Body: Magic Quills - Medium
  • Alt. Body: Hemmingway Synthetic Tapered Peacock Quill - Natural
  • Thorax: Wapsi Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing - Blue Winged Olive
  • Thorax (alt): Nature's Spirit Beaver Dubbing - Gray Olive
  • Head: Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish
  • UV Light: Loon UV Infiniti Light
  • Hackle Pliers: C&F Design Hackle Pliers
  • Tool: Tiemco Midge Whip Finisher
  • Thread Wax: Overton's Wonder Wax
  • 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
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    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
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
    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
    Wapsi Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing
    Wapsi Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing

    Wapsi Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing

    $2.25
    Hanak H 230 BL Standard Nymph Hook
    Hanak H 230 BL Standard Nymph Hook

    Hanak H 230 BL Standard Nymph Hook

    $8.95
    Hemingway Synthetic Tapered Peacock Quill
    Hemingway Synthetic Tapered Peacock Quill
    Hemingway Synthetic Tapered Peacock Quill

    Hemingway Synthetic Tapered Peacock Quill

    $4.45
    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
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    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
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    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
    Firehole Sticks 633 Nymph & Wet
    Firehole Sticks 633 Nymph & Wet

    Firehole Sticks 633 Nymph & Wet

    $7.25
    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
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    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
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    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
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    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0

    $3.50
    TMC 5263 Nymph & Streamer Hook
    TMC 5263 Nymph & Streamer Hook

    TMC 5263 Nymph & Streamer Hook

    $28.65
    Loon UV Infiniti Light
    Loon UV Infiniti Light

    Loon UV Infiniti Light

    $59.99
    Nature's Spirit Beaver Dubbing
    Nature's Spirit Beaver Dubbing

    Nature's Spirit Beaver Dubbing

    $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

    $60.95
    Fulling Mill 35025 Grab Gape Hook, Barbless
    Fulling Mill 35025 Grab Gape Hook, Barbless

    Fulling Mill 35025 Grab Gape Hook, Barbless

    $12.95
    TMC 3761 Nymph & Wet Fly Hook
    TMC 3761 Nymph & Wet Fly Hook

    TMC 3761 Nymph & Wet Fly Hook

    $7.99
    Whiting Bantam Hen Cape
    Whiting Bantam Hen Cape

    Whiting Bantam Hen Cape

    $16.99