Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tying the Catskill March Brown

I love tying the traditional Catskill patterns, and this is one of my favorites.  The colors and the overall form of the pattern are so appealing to the eye, as is the almost majestic way it rests on its tail and hackle.  As I write this, I can see it in my mind's eye 30 feet away on the end of my tippet, drifting along the water surface toward a feeding trout.  And I wish it was a warm, cloud covered, windless June day and I'm standing in the cool Upper Delaware River anticipating the take.  This is how I think whenever I tie a fly; how will it look when its on or in the water when it is fished?


Hook: Mustad 94840 #10-12, or your preferred standard dry fly hook.
Thread: 6/0 Olive Danville
Wing: Woodduck flank feather
Tail: Medium brown hackle fibers
Body: Fawn colored rabbit
Hackle: Brown and grizzly mixed

Thanks again to Tim and Joan Flagler for an incredible job with the video production.

Sharpen those hooks, and do a rain dance!


Mr. Q said...

Nice fly,
I have been doing rain dances for two weeks and nothing...It reminds me of when I used to dance to try to impress the ladies....;(

Matt Grobert said...

No wonder we haven't had much rain.....I've seen you dance! :)

Anonymous said...

One of my earlier Catskills area trout fishing adventures many, many years ago was tossing this fly into Horsebrook Run on the Beaver Kill and nailing big browns above Cairn's Pool on just this fly. It excels in that faster water and the trout seem to slam them more often than not.

Brian Cowden