Published Nov 9. 2019 - 4 years ago
Updated or edited Nov 17. 2019

March Brown Tube

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A pretty extreme interpretation of the classic March Brown. In this version tied on a tube with salmon and sea trout in mind.

Martin Joergensen
Pattern type: 
Tube fly
Skill level/difficulty: 
  1. The fly is tied in two sections divided by a partridge hackle.
  2. Remember to leave room for the hook guiding tube - or simply mount it before you start tying.
  3. The rear hackle is tied in, tip first, fibers swept rearwards.
  4. Then the rib is tied in.
  5. The rear half of the body is dubbed.
  6. Rib is wound in 3-4 turns and tied down.
  7. A long fibered partridge hackle is tied in tip first. Select the feather with the longest stem you can find.
  8. The front half is dubbed, leaving space for the front hackle.
  9. Rib is wound in 3-4 turns, tied down and trimmed.
  10. A long fibered partridge hackle is tied in tip first. Again select the feather with the longest stem you can find.
  11. A number of long tail fibers are cut from a golden pheasant tail and separated.
  12. They are tied in a few at the time, sweeping down along the body, covering the whole circumference of the tube.
  13. The thread is whip finished and cut, and then varnished.
  14. The surplus tube is trimmed off with a sharp knife.
  15. The inner tube is melted to a collar in one end and passed through the outer tube, so that the collar sits tightly against its rear.
  16. The cone is passed over the front of the inner tube and secured with varnish or super glue.
  17. The inner tube is trimmed in front of the cone and melted to a collar.
  18. You can use a hook of your choice: treble, double or single.
Plastic, 3.5 mm Ø, about 2.5 cm long
6/0 tan
Rear hackle
Yellow golden pheasant body feather
Yellow floss (or 1/0 tying thread doubled)
Hare's wool dubbing
Central and front hackle
Front hackle
Golden pheasant tail fibers, tied in intruder style
Inner tube
Plastic, to fit outer tube, about 3 cm long
Black metal, 4.5 mm Ø, inner diameter to fit tightly over inner tube
Hook guide
Yellow silicone tube
Single, double or treble. Not too big. #10, 8 or 6 is suitable.
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