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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:

MARCH BROWN FLYMPH

PARTRIDGE AND ORANGE

GROUSE AND BROWN

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…

 

The CREW…

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…

 

 

SHUCKED SWIMMING MAY – SHANE STALCUP

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…

SHUCKED SWIMMING MAY – SHANE STALCUP…tilted view…

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…

SHORT WING EMERGER MARCH BROWN…

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…

SHORT WING EMERGER MARCH BROWN…Tilted view…

BAT WING MARCH BROWN EMERGER…

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

WARREN EMERGER March Brown…
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:

WESTFLY

TROUTNUT

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

PT/TB

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These are three great Caddis patterns…So, next in and out my vise will be a combination of all three with a twist...LITERALLY

Dennis Potter’s Opal X Caddis…


Walter Wiese’s Olive Clacka Caddis…(link updated 1/16/11)


Craig Matthew’s Amber Iris Caddis…

TWISTED PWM CADDIS

HOOK: TMC 102Y, # 13 – # 19

THREAD: Gordon Griffith, 14/0 Sheer, Black, Tan or Olive

TAIL/SHUCK: Clear Antron yarn, twisted

ABDOMEN: UTC Opal Tinsel ( wrapped over thread) or thread body, tan or olive with a strip of Opal tinsel over the body)

RIB: Fine Lagartun wire -silver or gold

UNDERWING: 3 strands. pearl or olive pearl Midge flash

OVERWING: Loop of straight Zelon, white, tan or light olive

THORAX: FLY-RITE ,extra fine poly dubbing, brown or olive, dubbed thin

HACKLE: Olive, Brown or Dun Grizzly – clipped on bottom

TAIL/SHUCK TWIST:


I think I will drop it in here:

If Michael would just get out of the way…

PT/TB

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Well, MIDGES (from Maine Fly Fishing)- the most prolific bug in,on and around water…especially NOW…(Bienvenidos a todos pescador con mosca de Argentina …)

Other “CRAZY PEOPLE” who Fly Fish in the SNOW…

mike-winter-owens

Michael, freezing on the Owens River in January. 2004…

Here are some patterns I have whipped up based on the proven ties by a bunch of fellows I will mention in the text of this post . Here is some background on the bugs which Jeremy Barella produced for FAOL:

DIPTERA

This – just in (my inbox) from Tom Loe at Sierra Drifters (12.05.09):

Hot Creek:

Access continues to be excellent and this is a great time to fish here for love struck browns! Take your time and scout out the open runs and channels in the weeds. The low sun angle this time of year gives you more latitude for sight fishing the staged up brownies. Any significant snowfall this time of year will make the canyon section a pain in the caboose to hike into so get it while you can. Work scud, egg, or dubbed nymph patterns with red or orange built in.

Red or Orange – Hmmmmm…

PEARL MIDGE

HOOK: TMC 2488, # 18 – #24

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths, 14/0, Sheer White

ABDOMEN: Pearl Krystal Flash

BEAD: Killer Caddis, Black, x-sm

Based on a Pat Dorsey pattern that was developed for Colorado waters…Might look a bit like this.

AQUACHIRONO MIDGE

HOOK: Mustad, C49S , #18 -#22

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths, 14/0 Sheer White and Black

ABDOMEN: White Tying Thread

RIB: 1 strand of Chironomid Pearl Braid Red

THORAX: Peacock Herl

BEAD: Spirit River, Ruby Red, X-SM

COATING: 2 coats of Aquahead on abdomen before tying in Peacock Herl twisted over black thread

I tied this pattern specifically for the East Walker River where I have enjoyed success with red ribbed midges on a white base abdomen. Chironomid Pearl Braid comes in many colors from Hareline. It is fragile. I use the Aquahead to enhance fly durability and to add a medium of translucency to the finished product.

BROWN BRAID JF

HOOK: Mustad, C49S, #18 – # 24

THREAD: Gordon Griffith, 14/0, Sheer Brown

RIB: Chironomid Braid Pearl Peacock

WING: 2 Strands of Pearl Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN: Tying Thread

THORAX: SLF PRISM Peacock

BEAD: Killer Caddis, Gun Metal, X-SM

COATING: Aquahead

Based on the Jude Duran, Johnny Flash Midge which originated on the San Juan River. I added an SLF PRISM thorax (thank you Davy Wotton) because this material is extremely effective on ANY pattern to which it is affixed. That has been my experience. The Gun Metal Bead has worked for me on many patterns that I have used on the Owens River…why mess with a good thing? I have the utmost confidence in this Fly…


VIN KF HOT

HOOK: Daiichi, 1130,#18- # 20

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths, 14/0 Sheer Red

ABDOMEN: Tying thread

RIB: Rusty Brown Krystal Flash, 2 trands, twisted, 6 turns

OVERABDOMEN: UTC, Vinyl Rib, MDG, Clear

BEAD: Spirit River, Ruby Red, X-SM

Another pattern for the East Walker River in cold weather, similar to many patterns in Red that are used on the San Juan. I like the definition that Vinyl Rib provides to the fly. A number of San Juan Red Midge Pupa and Larva may be viewed on this site:

Mike Mora

TUBE FLASHER SLF

HOOK: Daiichi 1130, #18 – #22

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths, 14/0, Sheer Black

ABDOMEN: UTC Mylar Tinsel, Silver side, SM

RIB: Hareline Stalcup’s Micro Tubing, Amber

THORAX: SLF Prism, Olive/Brown

BEAD: Gold, 5/64 or 1/16

A Davy Wotton pattern for the White River in Arkansas – they work just fine on Eastern Sierra Tailwaters.It may also be tied using Black, Red , Green or Peacock tubing using the appropriate SLF PRISM for the Thorax – appropriate being in the mind of the TROUT…

ICE CREME SLF (Black)

HOOK: Mustad C49S, #18-# 20

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths, 14/0, Sheer Black

ABDOMEN: Tying Thread

RIB: Lagartun ,Silver, SM or X-SM

THORAX: SLF PRISM Black

BEAD: Spirit River, White, 5/64 or 1/16

I tied these up for use on the Owens River for late February and early March when there is a preponderance of tiny Black Midges in the River’s Biomass. They would also be effective fished deep on some high elevation lakes that are in the backcountry – later in the year…


ICE TUBE

HOOK: Mustad, C49S, # 18 -# 22

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths, 14/0. Sheer Black

ABDOMEN: Chironomid Braid Pearl Black

RIB: Hareline Stalcup’s Micro Tubing, Black, 6-7 turns

THORAX: 50/50 Mix, Black Ice Dub and SLF PRISM Black

BEAD: Silver, 5/64 or 1/16

Another pattern for the East Walker and Owens River for the Winter and into early Spring. They have not seen this one before…

MB CHIRONO JF

HOOK: Mustad, C49S, # 18 – # 20

THREAD: Uni, 8/0, Camel

ABDOMEN: Tying Thread

RIB: Chironomid Braid Pearl Chartreuse

COATING: Aquahead, 2 coats

WING: Pearl Krystal Flash, 3 strands

THORAX: Olive /Brown Ice Dub

Bead: Spirit River Metallic Brown, SM

A midge when the Trout want shades of BROWN in the Johnny Flash style. It would also be a passable BWO pattern in the Spring in some spots on the Lower “O”…

KEITH’S PURPLE DISBELIEF

HOOK: Mustad C49S, #18 – # 22

THREAD: Gordon Griffiths 14/0 Sheer Black, UTC 70, Dark Gray

ABDOMEN: Gray Tying Thread

OVERABDOMEN: Hareline Stalcup’s Micro Tubing, Clear

RIB: Wapsi, Wine, X-SM

WING: Royal Blue Krystal Flash, 3 strands

THORAX: ICE DUB, UV Dun

BEAD: Spirit River, Charcoal Metallic, SM

There is an acquaintance of mine named KEITH who squawked “PURPLE?” when he saw this pattern on my FB page. Well, he will squawk directly to his vise when I post some photos on his wall of just what this fly, in this color, can do. And, having named it after him, I will live rent free in his head…forever…heh,heh – This is an old RAM Caddis colorIt has resurfaced on the Madison in aMayfly pattern known as the ” Purple Haze

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHe caught this 27″ FINGERLING, on the above pattern, in the Lower Kings River the week of 2.18.2013…

Available at: MRFC

CHARTY TUBE

HOOK: Daiichi, 1140, # 18 -# 22

THREAD: Danville 6/0, Chartreuse – Gordon Griffiths 14/0 Sheer Black

UNDER RIB: Chironomid Braid Pearl Chartreuse, 5 turns

OVER ABDOMEN: Hareline Stalcup’s Micro Tubing, Chartreuse

THORAX: One strand Peacock Herl twisted around black thread

BEAD: Killer Caddis, Caddis Green

Someone once said, ” If it is CHARTREUSE it works”…THE END

CREME RB OZ

HOOK: TMC 200R, # 18 – # 22

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Sheer White, 14/0 Brown

ABDOMEN: White tying thread

RIB: 3 strands twisted Pearl Krystal Flash

OVERABDOMEN: Hareline Stalcup’s Micro Tubing, Cream

THORAX: Brown Ostrich Herl

BEAD: Killer Caddis, Rootbeer, SM or X-SM

Wanted a Midge in Cream with a hint of gas beneath, hence the Pearl KF and some motion at the thorax. This may work as a good Micro Caddis at the right time of the year,,,

TUBE # 47

HOOK: MUSTAD, C49S, # 18 -# 22

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

TAIL: 1 strand of Pearl Krystal Flash

Abdomen: # 47 Tying Thread

OVER ABDOMEN: Hareline Salcup’s Micro Tubing Pheasant Tail

RIB: Wapsi Silver X-SM or Lagartun X Fine

THORAX: Olive/Brown Ice Dub

WINGCASE: 6 Strands of Pearl FireFly

BEAD: Black Nickel, 5/64 or 1/16

A small Midge or Mayfly pattern that has that magical ingredient of Danville # 47 thread. This is an adaptation of the Vince Wilcox VW pattern…his flies slay

GB HOLO CHARTY

Hook: Daiichi, 1130, #18 -# 22

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Sheer Olive

ABDOMEM: SLF PRISM Light Olive

RIB: Hareline Stalcup’s Micro Tubing, Olive

THORAX: Ice Dub Caddis Green

WING: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Clear White

BEAD: Spirit River, Emerald, SM or X-SM

Flashy – in that color that seems to work just about…anywhere

GLASSHEAD OLIVE GILLIE

HOOK: TMC 200R, # 18 – # 22

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Sheer Olive

BREATHER: Sparkle Emerger Yarn Clear/White

TAIL: 1 strand Pearl Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN: Tying Thread

OVERABDOMEN: Hareline Stalcup’s Micro Tubing, Clear

RIB: Wapsi Silver Wire, X-sm

WINGPADS: Goose Biots , Tan Orange or Brown

THORAX: ICE DUB ,Peacock

BEAD: Mercury Silver, Spirit River, X-SM

I have pictured this pattern in a previous post. It may be tied in a great number of colors. This fly is a good one

BLACK RB GILLIE

HOOK: Daiichi 1130 or Mustad C49S, # 18 – # 22

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Sheer Black

TAIL: 1 Strand, Pearl Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN: Tying Thread

RIB: Wapsi, Red Metallic Wire, X-SM

WINGPADS: Goose Biot, Tan, Brown or Orange

THORAX: SLF PRISM Peacock

BEAD: Killer Caddis, Scarlet

A variation on the Gille without the breathers at the bend. One’s imagination could drift…

RED KEY

HOOK: Mustad C49S, # 18 – # 22

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0 Sheer Red

TAIL: 1 Strand Purple Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN: Tying Thread

RIB: 3 Strands purple Krystal Flash ,Twisted

OVERABDOMEN: Hareline Stalcup’s Micro Tubing, Clear

WING: Sparkle Emerger Yarn Clear/ White

THORAX: ICE DUB Black

Another in the series of Red Midges that I use. This one is for the East Walker River, below the “Glory Hole”.

PALINISTA – (apologies to EVA)

HOOK: Mustad C49S, #18 -#20

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Red, White

TAIL: 1 Strand Pearl Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN:White Thread

OVERABDOMEN: Hareline Stalcup’s Micro Tubing, Blue

RIB: Wapsi Silver Wire, X-SM

WING: Grizzly Krystal Flash Back and White

THORAX: Arizona Diamond Hair Pearl Green or Blue

BEAD: Silver, 5/64 or 1/16

OK, I know…the colors are proven – Rainbows like blue…and, it might even work in Argentina…


RUSTY RED RIB

HOOK: Mustad C49S, #18 – # 22

THREAD: Gordon Griffith’s 14/0, Sheer Red

TAIL: Rusty Brown Krystal Flash

ABDOMEN: Tying Thread

OVERABDOMEN: Hareline Stalcup’s Micro Tubing ,Clear

RIB: Wapsi, Red Metallic, X-SM

WING: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Clear/White

THORAX: Firestar Red/Orange

BEAD: Ruby Red, X-SM

A firey Red Midge for all Eastern Sierra waters and beyond…

SIMPLE FLO

HOOK: TMC 2488, # 18 – # 24

ABDOMEN: UTC 70, Fl. White

BEAD: Killer Caddis Black, SM or X-SM

Yes, it works….

AND, FROM FEB., 2009

hot-spot-midge1

Hot Spot Midge:

Thread: Gordon Griffith’s , Black 14/0

Hook: TMC 2487, Daiichi 1130, #18-22

Abdomen: Wapsi Ultra 70, Black

Rib: X-Fine Largutan wire, Gold or Copper

Shuck: Pearl Krystal Flash

Thorax: Danville 6/0 Fl. Orange Thread – (coat with Aquaflex)

Bead: Copper or Gold

I tied these up to create a ” pop” rather than using the standard Tiger or Zebra Midge for the Owens and East Walker Rivers…Nice!!! Some “other” folks seem to like this pattern too…

MORE MIDGES

BEING DIPTERA II

DIPTERA III

Time to get crackin’ on some “EVIL WEEVILS“…

PT/TB

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