Soft hackle wet flies are some of the most versatile flies on the planet. This is my take on the classic Blue Dun. The combination of the bluish grey mole fur and the yellow tying thread gives an olive hue to this fly when wet. The soft hen hackle ads to the illusion of life. You might add a rib of silver or gold. The tails are optional, but adds to the illusion of a emerging insect struggling right under the surface, trailing a shuck. Fish this fly on the swing down-and-across, dead drifted or upstream like a north country spider. It will imitate several different species of mayflies and even stoneflies and midges, by adjusting the size to the insects in your local streams and lakes. A great fly for trout, grayling, whitefish, panfish and a lot of other species.
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Blue Dun Soft Hackle
Hook: Ahrex FW540 Curved Nymph # 10
Thread: Yellow – I use Pearsall’s Silk
Tail: Few fibres from a Blue Dun hen saddle – amzn.to/3q847KP
Body: Rear third – just the tying thread, front part – mole dub
Hackle: Blue Dun hen saddle or neck
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