Steffan Jones: March Brown Vs Brook Dunn

I am not much of an entomologist – I am the first to admit this. Is it a midge or a gnat? It is small and black, so that will do me.

You often witness great debates over march brown vs. brook dunn. To the untrained eye – me being one of them – they look virtually identical and I really doubt that the fish can distinguish to that level of detail either. As such, when it comes to such ‘dilemmas’ I tend to go for a generic pattern that covers both – you can’t go far wrong then. Of course, they do tend to hatch at different times, with the march brown being the first to emerge in spring and then the brook dunns a few weeks later. However, if one pattern represents both, then you are already covered and precise identification matters very little thereafter – not in my eyes or, perhaps more importantly, the fish’s eyes…

The following covers what I need for both and in the emerger and adult form. Do carry them in a couple of different sizes, to make sure you have all bases covered.

Pattern 1:

March Brown / Brook Dunn emerger pattern

Hook: Partridge 15BN or K12ST in size 12

Thread: Brown veevus 14/0

Tail: Dark olive or brown cock hackle fibres

Body: Brown hare’s ear dubbing

Rib: Yellow funkyflexi – one strand split in half to form a finer strand, then fully stretched when ribbing

Loop-Wing: Four natural cdc feathers – Tied in by the tips, thorax dubbed, then looped over loosely and secured

Thorax: natural fox squirrel dubbing

Head: Spectra dubbing - #45 black peacock

 

Pattern 2:

March Brown / Brook Dunn dry pattern

Hook: Partridge SUD or L5A size 10

Thread: Brown veevus 14/0

Tail: Dark olive or brown cock hackle fibres

Body: Brown hare’s ear dubbing

Rib: Yellow funkyflexi – one strand split in half to form a finer strand, then fully stretched when ribbing

Wing: Three natural cdc feathers – dressed forward then doubled with the stubs cut at an angle

Hackle: Speckled brown hen saddle such as brahma or coq de leon, alternatively brown partridge

Head: Spectra dubbing - #45 black peacock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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