Conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s cold water fisheries and their
Fly of the Month
MARCH BROWN SPINNER
Some years ago, after experiencing a tremendous March Brown spinner fall on the Willowemoc,
I developed this fly to meet the situation. The Willowemoc has fallen on hard times
lately, but good March Brown activity can be found on other area streams including
the Lackawaxen. Begin the fly by tying in split tails which are 2X body length and
the thread for the rib. Dub the abdomen up to the hackle tie in position which is
slightly forward of the middle of the hook. Rib the abdomen then tie in the hackles.
Dub a moderately thick thorax as a base. This will give the finished fly a neater
and more realistic profile. Using good quality, slightly oversized hackle wind forward.
After tying off, trim the hackle top and bottom to form the spent wing. (Leave
a few flies untrimmed for those times when the fish are taking up wing egg laying
adults.) Note the hook size; the March Brown spinner is a big fly!