March Brown wet fly tied by Barry Ord Clarke

March Brown wet fly

The full tutorial for one of the true classic wet flies that works just about anywhere its fished. The famous Norwegian polar explorer Fridtjoft Nansen said ” Give me two March brown’s wet fly and a box of matches and i’ll survive the whole summer in Norway”.

March Brown wet pattern recipe

How to tie March Brown wet fly

Fishing the March Brown Wet Fly

The March Brown wet fly is an excellent pattern for imitating mayfly nymphs and emergers. It’s particularly effective during mayfly hatches, when fish are actively feeding on the surface. Here are a few tips for fishing the March Brown wet fly:

  • Use a floating line and a long leader to fish the March Brown wet fly near the surface.
  • Cast upstream and let the fly drift downstream, making sure to keep the line tight and the fly moving naturally with the current.
  • Twitch the fly occasionally to imitate the movement of a struggling mayfly nymph.
  • If you’re not getting any bites, try changing the retrieve speed or the depth at which you’re fishing.

The March Brown wet fly is a classic pattern for a reason – it’s versatile, effective, and relatively easy to tie. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or just starting out, the March Brown wet fly is a pattern that should be in your fly box. So next time you’re out on the water, give the March Brown wet fly a try and see what kind of results you get.

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