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From the book: Hatch Guide For Western Stream by Jim Schollmeyer. March Brown May Fly Hatches
Rhithrogena morrisoni (that's the scientific name)
March Browns are your first "easy-to-see" hatch of the new season.  Look for March Brown hatches on local rivers when water temperatures start reaching 42 degrees consistently. This can occur in most lower 
elevation water sheds in mid- February and continues through March and early April.  

Hatching March Browns can create some very exciting surface film and dry fly fishing. Hatches of duns usually start in the early after noon and spinner falls are in the late evening.

Pounding the bottom with weighted March Brown Nymph flies can provide constant action from mid-morning into the early stages of the hatch.  The March Brown Nymph in sizes #12 & #14 will be your bread and butter fly.  However nymphal color tends to adapt to the color of the stream bed.  Fishing two flies at once will increase your odds of hooking up.  Usually two different colors or sizes are used.  Gold Rib Hares Ear and Olive Hares Ears are valuable flies to have with you and will some times out fish the more realistic patterns.  

March Brown Nymphs live in riffles and fast, rocky runs.  As the nymphs near maturity, they migrate to slower water. During the migration, they can loose their grip and drift in the current.  For this reason trout will congregate in places where fast riffles start to slow down and on the seams between the fast and slow water.  Fish your nymphs where the current changes speed.  Approach the water carefully.  Start by fishing the slower water first with flies that are lightly weighted.  Your flies will be most effective if they are perfectly dead drift.  Cast them slightly upstream and mend a little slack into you presentation.  As you work your way out into the faster current, add lead shot to keep your flies near the bottom.  
 
As the water warms at mid-day the nymph rise toward the surface to hatch.  Some of these nymphs are intercepted by trout during this upward migration.  Try tying a March Brown Soft Hackle to a dropper 3' above your nymphs. This technique can pay extra dividends.

As the Duns begin to hatch trout will rise to the surface to catch them.  This often produces the most visually exciting part of the day.  Big trout rising to March Browns during the peak can be very splashy.  Often the rise starts much quieter as trout pick off the emergers just below the surface.  At this time a March Brown Soft Hackle or Flymph fished just below the surface can be your best fly.  It is often even more effective if you add March Brown Cripple or dry fly to  a dropper 1' to 3' from your soft hackle and fish both flies dead drift.  

Duns and emergers produce the best fishing, but some trout will sip spinners in the quietest of water. A March Brown "spinner fall" can extend your fishing day.  Spinner falls usually occur over faster water areas.  However they create the most reliable feeding activity if they raft up in back eddies down stream.  Sometimes the evening back eddy rise that you think is midge emergence is actually created by collecting dead March Brown spinners.

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Nymphs Floating Nymphs Duns
Emergers, Sub-Surface Cripples Spinners

March Brown Nymph

March Brown Nymph
Pounding the bottom with weighted March Brown Nymph flies can provide constant action from mid-morning into the early stages of the hatch.  The March Brown Nymph in sizes #12 & #14 will be your bread and butter fly.

Item Description Size Price To Top
12200-10 March Brown Nymph 10 3 for $5.25
12200-12 March Brown Nymph 12 3 for $5.25
12200-14 March Brown Nymph 14 3 for $5.25
12200-16 March Brown Nymph 16 3 for $5.25

Gold Rib Hares Ear Nymph Gold Rib Hares Ear
Nymphal color tends to adapt to the color of the stream bed.  Fishing two flies at once will increase your odds of hooking up.  Usually two different colors or sizes are used.  A Gold Rib Hares Ear is one of those flies that look like a lot of different stream bed insects.
Item Description Size Price To Top
12100-12 Gold Rib Hares Ear Nymph 12 3 for $5.25
12100-14 Gold Rib Hares Ear Nymph 14 3 for $5.25

Olive Hares Ear Nymph Olive Hares Ear Nymph
Olive Hares Ears are valuable flies to have with you and will some times out fish the more realistic March Brown patterns. 
Item Description Size Price To Top
12110-12 Olive Hares Ear Nymph 12 3 for $5.25
12110-14 Olive Hares Ear Nymph 14 3 for $5.25

March Brown Flymph March Brown Flymph
Often the rise starts quietely as trout pick off the March emergers just below the surface.  At this time a March Brown Flymph fished just below the surface can be your best fly. 
Item Description Size Price To Top
1220A-12 March Brown Flymph 12 3 for $5.25
1220A-14 March Brown Flymph 14 3 for $5.25

March Brown Soft Hackle March Brown Soft Hackle
A March Brown Soft Hackle on a dropper 3' above your bottom pounding nymphs can pay extra dividends.  A March Brown Flymph fished just below the surface can be good bet during all stages of the hatch.  
Item Description Size Price To Top
1220B-12 March Brown Soft Hackle 12 3 for $5.25
1220B-14 March Brown Soft Hackle 14 3 for $5.25

Paranymph, Brown Paranymph, Brown
This is the March Brown May Fly as it hangs in the surface film and is wriggling from the shuck. A Bob Quigley pattern.
Item Description Size Price To Top
Q301-14 Paranymph, Brown 14 3 for $5.25
Q301-16 Paranymph, Brown 16 3 for $5.25

March Brown Cripple

March Brown Cripple
You can fish the cripple like a dry fly by itself or it can be very effective if you add March Brown Cripple to a dropper 1' to 3' from your dry fly and fish both flies dead drift.  A Bob Quigley pattern.

Item Description Size Price To Top
Q1007-14 March Brown Cripple 14 3 for $5.25

Hackle-Stacker Sparkle Dun, March Brown Hackle-Stacker Sparkle Dun, March Brown
This is the March Brown May fly as it is sliding out of or is trapped in side the nymphal shuck. A Bob Quigley pattern.
Item Description Size Price To Top
Q1029-14 H.S. Sparkle Dun, March Brown 14 3 for $5.25

Loopwing Paradun, March Brown
This is a realistic pattern that can be very effective under all conditions but especially under the slick water bright light condition where fish can be very wary.  Because this fly is fragile it should be saved for special occasions.  A Bob Quigley pattern.
Item Description Size Price To Top
Q235-14 Loopwing Paradun, March Brown 14 3 for $5.25

March Brown Traditional Dun
This versatile "easy to see" fly is proven under a wide variety of conditions. It may be fished "in the round" or the hackle can be trimmed on the bottom for a lower silhouette. 
Item Description Size Price To Top
3049-14 March Brown Traditional Dun 14 3 for $5.25

March Brown Twilight Hair Wing Dun
This is our most popular dry fly for the March Brown hatch.  
Item Description Size Price To Top
3051-14 March Brown Twilight Hair Wing Dun 14 3 for $5.25

March Brown Parachute
This very effective low floating quill body dry fly has a wing post made from lightweight highly visible poly.  It is very easy to see, especially on dark overcast days.
Item Description Size Price To Top
3052-14 March Brown Parachute 14 3 for $5.25
3052-16 March Brown Parachute 16 3 for $5.25

March Brown Spinner
A March Brown "spinner fall" can extend your fishing day.  Spinner falls usually occur over faster water areas.  However they create the most reliable feeding activity if they raft up in back eddies down stream.  Sometimes the evening back eddy rise that you think is midge emergence is actually created by collecting dead March Brown spinners.
Item Description Size Price To Top
3057-14 March Brown Spinner 14 3 for $5.25

Complete Set of flies, March Brown Hatch Series
Three each of every size and pattern listed here:  (66) flies in all.
Item Description Size Price To Top
MARCH-BR Complete Set of flies, March Brown Hatch Series, (66) FLY SET 12-16 $115.95

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