Tying The Mauvity CDC Emerger and Soft Hackle

by Mike Hogue

( Note: This fly will appear in Western Outdoors Magazine in John McKim's Fly Ideas )

One of my very favorite soft hackle flies is called the mauvity. The fly evolved from a combination of flies I like very much. In the UK a very popular old fly is called the snipe and purple. In Spain an old fly called the mauve is a long time favorite. A few years ago the sreendipty was all the rage out west and became a favorite choice of Henry's Fork fishermen........So if you can follow through on my logic here, you may be able to understand how I developed the fly. ( If you figure it out be sure to let me know because I am not sure if I still understand it myself.......)

To begin with, snipe are pretty small birds and are native waterfowl in the UK.......Trying to find any hackle from these birds is pretty much impossible. The British acutally perfer not to shoot these birds since ammo is expensive and the birds are so small. This I am told is the main reason snipe aren't hunted in the UK and for this reason I am told snipe skins are very rare.

Since I didn't have any snipe and couldn't find any, I started substituting materials and I found that the logic of using certain colors was very sound advice in deed. When I made the fly I simply combined the ideas from these three flies and the mauvity was born. I admit that the name is stupid but I have one particular fetish and that is once I give something a name, that's it's name no matter how stupid the name is. Let's hope you never fish with me or I am libel to call you LeRoy, Bundy, Bud or Bubba for the rest of your life whether you like it or not.

One of the reasons that this fly has proven to be so effective is that midges are many times colored a very dark purple or irredescent black. By using purple as a body material, the fly is very close imtation of many midges.

The materials are pretty simple and fairly common so you shouldn't have a great deal of trouble locating them. I tie this fly as a soft hackle and as a CDC emerger. You can increase or decrease the sizes if you like, although I have found the size 14 or size 16 to be the most effective. If you fish lots of lakes, the bigger size 12 might be good. In spring creeks, an 18 might be good. I have fished this fly all over the place and have caught fish on the White in Arkansas, Trout Rivers in MO, SE MN's Root and many Iowa spring creeks. I have sold this fly for 3-4 seasons and have had many fine compliments on the success of this fly.

Tying the Mauvity Soft Hackle

Hook: Kamasan B401 size 14-18

Thread: Gray 14/0

Body: Purple Floss, Rib: Silver Wire

Throax: Natural Rabbit or Squirrel

Hackle: Jackdaw or Dun Hen


One of the most important parts in making these flies is to use light colored thread. If you use black, the purple floss will turn very dark when wet.

To begin start your thread by leaving 3 eye lengths open....this will keep you from crowding the head. Next tie in the silver wire and about 1 1/2"of floss. I sometimes wet the floss by licking it (oh gross!). This will keep it from splitting when you twist it. Next wrap the floss forward and rib the body. Dub a tiny ball of fur and tie in hackle. Wrap hackle. To finish wrap thread back against the hackle. This will make the fibers flare out. Finish head. Done!

Tying the Mauvity

Hook: Kamasan B100 Size 14-16

Thread: Gray 14/0

Body: Purple Floss,Rib: Silver Wire

Wing: 2 Dun CDC feathers, tied trude style

Head: Dun Ostrich Herl

Begin by running thread back to the bend of the hook. Tie in floss and wire rib. Run floss forward. Run rib forward. Match the tips of 2 dun colored CDC feathers by laying one feather on top of the other. Each feather should curve in the same direction.......if you don't do this the wing will not be even and flare all over the place. Tie the wing so the feathers curve down......( if you do this right, the shiny or good side will face up). Clip stem of CDC feather off. Wrap ostrich herl and finish head......That's about it..................Pretty simple really. These are truely great flies!


Email: Mike@eflytyer.com

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Mike Hogue / Badger Creek Fly Tying / 622 West Dryden Road, Freeville, NY 13068

Phone: 607-347-4946