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March Brown Fly

Updated on September 2, 2012

Using The March Brown


As the spring season progresses and we get into or past the first few important mayfly hatches. There are those few wonderful weeks of late spring into early summer. What a great time of year, the weather isn't to hot and the mosquitos aren't attacking you just yet.

Around this time you could have luck using a March Brown dry fly. Usually this hatch occurs after the Hendricksons have come and gone, but prior to any Light Cahills or sulphers. It’s a real site to see this fly on the water. I've seen armies of them floating down on the surface of rivers, only to be attached by the waiting trout or at times even birds dive bombing the hatch. The season for this fly is very brief in the area I live in but nonetheless still an important one. What however results in many fish being caught is using the March Brown Nymph. Many times I'll use this nymph prior to a Hendrickson hatch with outstanding success. I don't know if it’s the slight redness color of the nymph, but many times when I have no success with the Hendrickson and then switch to the March Brown Nymph I have great success. The invention of the bead head nymph makes the sinking to the bottom and raise to the surface technique an easy one. In general, dry fly or nymph I'll use a size #14 with a 6X tippet on the nymph, or a 6X or 7X tippet on the dry fly. The next time your having no results with the Hendrickson nymph, switch over to the March Brown nymph. Let me know your results-you may have just made your day fishing a productive one !


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