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Thursday, 16 March 2017

How to tie the March Brown Winged Wet with Davie McPhail

Spring is here, which means it's March Brown time. Read on to learn more about the lifecycle of a March Brown and how to tie it with Davie McPhail.

Materials Used:
Hook: Kamasan B170 Sz12
Thread: Uni - 8/0 Orange
Tail: Bronze Mallard
Rib: Oval Gold Tinsel
Body: Natural Fur - Fox Squirrel Dubbing
Hackle: Brown Partridge
Wing: Hen Pheasant

Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!

The Winged Wet March Brown is the classic wet fly tied in an extremely traditional style, bringing a more symmetrical appearance designed to imitate a freshly hatched fly that has progressed from its early Nymph state into the first of two steps of adulthood as a March Brown Dun.

Nymph of the March Brown

This European species of mayfly is well-known for the potency of the imitation flies used in fly fishing named Rhitrogena germanica, not to be confused with the 'American' March Brown, which is actually a different species which goes by the scientific classification of Rhithrogena Morrisoni. The Nymph form is well imitated by a Copper John or Hare's Ear.

Male March Brown dun
Then in late March/early April, the nymph hatches into the dun form. These hatches normally consist of bursts of activity that last anywhere from ten minutes to half an hour.
As a dun, the March Brown fly to the bank, then up to a tree where they will rest for anything up to four days before they molt which is an unusually long dun lifetime. You can identify the March Brown mayfly by a dark spot that is visible on the femur of each leg.

Luckily we have Davie McPhail to walk us through the process of tying a March Brown (Wetfly) just in time for the hatches to bring us the biggest period of effectiveness. All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help.

(Come along to the rescheduled Fishing Megastore Open Weekend and check out Fly Tyers Row. We'll have excellent tyers from all over Britain giving demos in the store all weekend.
Other guests at the Open Weekend include Scott MacKenzie, Ian Gordon and more!)

Be sure to attend, there's lots to see and do! Pick up your Golden Ticket for a FREE gift!

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