Here is the fly pattern sheet for the Quigley Film Critic March Brown.

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Materials

Hook:

Daiichi 1130, TMC 2487, #12-16

Thread:

Danville brown 70 denier

Shuck:

Mayfly brown Zelon and Wood Duck fibers

Rib:

Fine copper wire

Body:

Turkey biot, rusty spinner

Hackle post:

EP Fibers – tan (substitute brown or tan sparkle yarn)

Hackle:

Brown, tied para-loop style (hackle stacker or pull-over).

Thorax:

Spirit River UV Dubbing, march brown

Directions:

  1. Begin thread on hook about the 1/3 mark. This is especially important for small hooks to eliminate bulk for the last steps.
  2. Tie in shuck material and continue wrapping thread around hook bend.
  3. Tie in Wood Duck fibers and separate fibers.
  4. Tie in rib material, then biot for body.
  5. Wrap thread forward to 1/3 mark or just past hook point, creating slight taper.
  6. Wrap biot forward with furled edge exposed and tie off.
  7. Wrap rib forward in natural grooves created from biot. Tie off and trim. (some tyers counter-wrap rib)
  8. Tie in post material beginning at 1/3 mark and continue wrapping forward, leaving about 2 hook eye lengths. VERY IMPORTANT TO LEAVE ROOM FOR PULL-OVER
  9. Pull post material back, creating loop in material and tie down firmly. End thread at 1/3 mark where initial post was tied.
  10. Tie in hackle so it extends upwards next to post. Leave thread at base of post.
  11. Wrap hackle up post material and back down to create thick cord of hackle. Tie off hackle at bottom of post. Post can be pulled forward to gauge if enough hackle is wrapped.
  12. Dub thorax area and position thread at least one eye length back from eye to allow room when pulling post forward.
  13. Pull post material with hackle around it forward towards hook eye while preening hackle fibers backwards. This action will position hackle fibers upward as post is pulled forward. Tie off post material and wrap several turns of thread in front to create wing.
  14. Whip finish and trim thread.
  15. Brush tips of wing with brown Magic Marker.
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