Published Nov 16. 2019 - 3 years ago
Updated or edited Nov 17. 2019

March Brown Beadhead

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A small, heavy and bright March Browny nymph.

Martin Joergensen
Pattern type: 
Skill level/difficulty: 
  1. Slip the bead over the hook shank.
  2. Cover the front bit of the shank with tying thread for a tight fit.
  3. Whip finish and cut thread.
  4. Add some super glue and slip the bead over the thread and glue.
  5. Start the thread behind the bead and cover the hook shank half way to the bend.
  6. Prepare a few partridge fibers for the tail. It can be rather long 1-1½ shank lengths, but 10-20 fibers will do.
  7. Tie in the tail and cover to the hook bend.
  8. Tie in the doubled yellow tying thread at the hook bend.
  9. Wrap it in close turns to behind the bead, leaving some space for a thorax.
  10. Keep the thread flat, untwisting it as you wrap.
  11. Wrap it back and forth a couple of times to build up a body.
  12. End up at the hook bend.
  13. Now twist the two strands of thread to form a rope.
  14. Wrap the rope forward as a rib in 3-4 open turns.
  15. Tie down and trim tags.
  16. Pick out some very spiky dubbing from the hare skin or mask.
  17. Dub generously behind the bead, letting the guard hairs stick out.
  18. Whip finish behind the bead and trim thread.
  19. Carefully add some varnish behind the bead to secure thread.
Wet fly or nymph hook, like an Ahrex FW580 #12
Tying thread
Tan 6/0
Brass, app. 3.5mm like Bidoz No 2
Mottled partridge fibers
Body and rib
Yellow tying thread
Hare's wool dubbing with guard hairs
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