Sloan's Bead Head Mighty May March Brown, Nymph, 14
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Northern California's Pit River is majestic and wild. On this
boulder-laden stretch of richly productive trout water, a fly angler
called Dave Sloan was inspired to create the perfect mayfly nymph.
Itching to replicate the notch he observed in the wing case of a local Pit River Baetis, Sloan rushed home to his vise and got to work.
Sloan settled on the common turkey feather, and as he says
"colored it black, and epoxied it."
Sloan's Bead Head Mighty May March Brown fly pattern
is an extremely effective choice when imitating mature March brown
nymphs. It's got a black bead that'll give your offering a sweetly
seductive underwater profile - not as garish as a shiny gold bead. From
the Pit River to your home water, Dave Sloan's Mighty May March Brown
nymph's notched, epoxied wing case still steals the show.
- This fly pattern was developed by Dave Sloan while guiding clients on the Pit River in Northern California
- The Mighty May nymph series is defined by the dark, notched, and epoxy coated wing case
- March Brown imitation in the mature nymph life stage
- Use as either an impressionistic searching fly or as a realistic imitation when matching the hatch
- Hatches throughout North America occur during early spring (March through May)
- Nymphs are active during the morning and afternoon with rare but sometimes productive activity during the evening hours
- Fish on a dead drift in medium to fast water
- Use a high stick nymphing technique through really fast riffles
- When targeting fish during a prolific hatch, cast upstream and drift through the main current
- Look for March Brown nymphs in slower water just prior to emergence
- Trout feed on these insects with relative ease, so takes can be extremely soft – be ready to set the hook at the slightest twitch
- Using yarn or a March Brown dry fly as an indicator can be quite helpful in revealing subtle takes
- SIZE 14