Thursday, June 14, 2018

March Browns of June



     The spate has gone by & the home water is finally clearing & coming into shape. The native redbands, most of them thinking only of sex for the last two months, are now done with spawning & looking around for something to eat. With abiding synchronicity nature has timed the end of the spawning season to coincide with the onset of the year’s heaviest insect hatches.


As the spate diminishes, the bugs get going. If you watch it daily you see the progression. At first a spritzer of sedges. Some BWO’s on cloudy days. Nothing but a handful of tidlers up & going on them. It feels dead, but don’t be fooled, the clouded silt is a veil hiding the river’s secret doings while rising pregnant in its season. It is about to give birth. Daily, hatches of wee bugs increase until about the first or second week of June, when March Brown mayflies appear. March Browns are just the thing needed to put some fat back on haggard post-spawners, & these really get things going.


A gently swung softie will generally outfish a dryfly, where I fish. Here’s one that is turning the trick right now.

UC March Brown

Hook: #10 Mustad 3366-BR (equal to a standard #12), the fly dressed small on the hook, about #14

Thread: rust-brown UNI 8/0

Hackle: partridge

Tails: bronze gadwall flank

Rib: burnt-orange floss, twisted

Body: hares mask with a bit of Hareline UV Pink Shrimp Dub chopped in ~ & finish.

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