Posts Tagged ‘Danville 6/0 #47 Tobacco Brown Thread’

In my first piece on March Brown Emergers HERE, I neglected to mention three other soft hackle patterns that are very effective for this hatch. I use all three:




Hook: 2x Stout or 1X Fine

THREAD: Brown Gossamer Pearsall’s Silk

HACKLE: Grouse

BODY: Silk

THORAX: Hare’ Mask Fur, # 2

I like the Alec Jackson North Country hooks in # 11- # 17 for all three patterns.

Some anglers are of the school of thought that fishing the March Brown hatch can be a “hit or miss” proposition. Fortunately, that has not been my experience. On most Spring days, in the areas that I Fly Fish, on the Eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains, they are most often encountered between 1:00-3:00 PM. Warm days can tighten the hatch period and cloudy, overcast and drizzly days may prolong the emergence till later in the day.


Michael on the Upper Owens River…perfect weather…not an optimum location for March Browns…a meandering meadow flow with a limited rocky bottom…

The following patters are intended as an addition to, rather than a replacement for, the traditional soft hackle flies.All are suggestions from gentlemen who are much more gifted and experienced than myself. All are for use in the zone between the bottom of the water column and the surface…



R. Morrisoni and R. Hageni Emerger, Knopp and Cormier

HOOK: TMC 3761, # 12-#16, Daiichi 1560, #12-#16

THREAD: Danville 6/0, #47, tobacco brown or brown

WEIGHT: 10- 15 turns of lead wire or sub., diameter of hook shank

TAIL: Dark Dun hen hackle fibers

RIB: Working thread

BODY: Purple and black fur dubbing, mixed

UNDER/WING: Dark tan Zelon

WING: Brown deer hair, tied short

This pattern may be tied with less weight and the appropriate amount of weight may be added to the leader to meet existing conditions and the area of the column that the imitation is being taken. The Zelon under/wing is an addition I have added based on Craig Matthews research on emerging patterns for Epeorus Albertae…a clinger mayfly that also emergers sub-surface…present dead drift or swung…




HOOK: TMC 2312 #12-#16

THREAD: Danville 6/0, # 47, Tobacco Brown

TAIL/SHUCK: Brown deer hair and Olive/Brown Zelon

RIB: Lagartun Fine Wire

BODY: Turkey biot, Callibaetis

BACK STRAP: Brown deer hair

UNDER/WING: Tan Zelon or Tan Ice Dub

WING: Mottled Brown Medallion sheeting (Hareline) – Coat of Flexament on inside

BEAD: Copper, sized to hook

THORAX: Stalcup’s Micro Fine dubbing, Tan

LEGS: Mottled Brown Partridge

I have always liked Shane Stalcup’s patterns. It can be a little bit intimidating to tie with medallion sheeting until one gets the hang of how to cut, twist, shape and pull back this material. This pattern would qualify as a wet fly…it is meant to be fished as one…cast quartering upstream and let the fly swim down and across…


Michael in a good location to use the above fly…in a long pool running out of fast riffle water on the lower Owens River…


HOOK: TMC 2312, #12-#16

THREAD: Lagartun 70 Denier, Rusty Brown

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck fibers

RIB: Lagartun oval gold tinsel, fine

BACK STRAP: Brown Scud back

ABDOMEN: Hare’s Ear # 2 -between the eyes on the mask

THORAX: Hare’s Ear # 3 – crown on the mask

WINGS: Matched natural Mallard sections, inside coated with flexament

LEGS: Mottled Brown Hen

This pattern is based on the Rene’ Harrop design for the Pink Albert Short Wing Emerger for Epeorus Albertae…works for him…works for me…



HOOK: TMC 2487, #12 -#16, Daiichi 1130, #12-#16, Mustad c49s, # 12-#14

THREAD: Danville 6/0, #47 tobacco brown

BEAD: Glass, small, rootbeer

TAIL: Lemon Wood Duck fibers

ABDOMEN: Natural Pheasant tail

RIB: Wapsi, copper/brown, small

THORAX: Hare’s Ear # 3 -from the crown

WING: Fluffy bottom from Ginger Variant Hen Neck stem, pulled over and tied off

A Tracy Peterson pattern that can be adapted to almost any Mayfly. I use this design for Baetis and PMD’s. It is one of my favorite patterns and I have not found running water where it does not produce. Fish it deep or off the bend of a dun or the next pattern…

WARREN EMERGER March Brown…Front view

HOOK: TMC 100 #12-#16, or your favorite dry…this is a Partridge E1A

THREAD: Danville 6/0, # 47, tobacco brown

SHUCK: Cream Antron or Zelon

RIB: Micro tubing, rust

BODY: Olive/Brown dubbing… I mixed Nature’s Spirit # 34 and Fly Rite # 10

WING: Snow Shoe Rabbit foot, Tan or Dun, pulled over thorax, tied off, cut and fanned into a 180 degree arc

A Schollmeyer and Leeson design that uses Snow Shoe hare instead of deer hair…this is a fly I can hang the other four off of. I tie a lot of these to mimic different emerging Mayflies…they all work and I have REALLY come to appreciate the qualities of this material over CDC for wings, loops and dubbing...It is suggested by the designers, that this pattern be tied on a straight hook so that it wil float in the surface film properly…

My son, Michael, “hogs” some of my favorite pool, early in the morning, on the Lower Owens River…

Here are some additional links on March Brown Mayflies:



NEXT: More Baetis/Bwo’s for Spring and UV Chewee Skin Caddis…


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This particular nymph, which may look a lot like another PMD Nymph, was tied with a couple of VERY SPECIFIC locations in mind. If I were going to use this pattern say, on the Madison, Boulder, Roaring Fork, Owens, Big Hole,Big Horn, Jefferson, Missouri,Owens or East Walker Rivers, to mention a few, it would incorporate slightly different colors for the abdomen, thorax,and rib…I became aware of the effectiveness of Danville, 6/0 #47 years ago on the Stillwater River and on the Frying Pan River. There is a reason the colors work so well in just these places…let me know what that might be…

ALLY knows, but she ain’t talkin’…

I would use it here:

The Frying Pan River, several miles below Ruedi Res., near Basalt, CO…

The Stillwater River, near Moraine on a drizzly day in July…perfect for extended PMD hatches…


HOOK: Daiichi 1560,#16-#18 or TMC 3761 #16-#20

THREAD: Gordon Griffith 14/0 Sheer Brown, Danville 6/0, #47, Tobacco Brown

TAIL: Partridge, lower back, speckled Brown

RIB: Wapsi, copper/brown sm.

ABDOMEN: Danville 6/0, #47, Tobacco Brown

WING CASE: 6 strands, Holo Flashabou, Black

THORAX: Natural Mink underfur

LEGS: Partidge, lower back, speckled Brown – V Notched and tied in in front of thorax, wingcase then pulled over.

Angled to show wing case…

Seen from below…

Natural Mink fur plays an important role in its use in the thorax. This fur has the ability to trap air bubbles…it may be tap mixed with other materials in one’s blender…just a touch!!! The Holo Black Flashabou  Wing Case is there because

Ready to go…

Angelo’s thinkin’ about it…

NEXT: Bat Wing PMD


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