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March Brown Emerger

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Found this over on the swittersb site. Original used the ribbing material for the butt which looked kinda meh so I swapped out for the tinsel. Mallard, pintail, widgeon etc could be used for the wing, too.

hook - Dai Riki 320 #12
thread - Danville 6/0 red
butt - tinsel holo copper
rib - Uni-stretch brown
tail/back - pheasant tail
abdomen - dubbing march brown rabbit
hackle - partridge
wing - woodduck flank

mash barb, start thread; tie in tinsel and wrap to bend

wrap tinsel halfway down the bend and back; tie off/trim

tie in rib

dub thread/dub body up to 1 eye width from eye

measure (shank length) some PT fibers; tie in

spiral rib forward; tie off/trim

tie in partridge by tip; wrap, tie off/trim

prep woodduck flank feather; measure (tips not quite to tail)

tie in, trim, whip finish, SHHAN

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Oddly enough, the MB emerger used around these parts is a Pheasant Tail Nymph tied as a soft hackle... which isn't really a light brown color... but it doesn't matter. I've tried a number of different styles and colored nymph patterns during the MB hatches and always end up doing better with a fly meant to represent the dun.

However, I've never tried a subsurface MB pattern with a red head so maybe be that's the key :)
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