Friday, March 10, 2023

March 13th fly tying - March Brown Flymph

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, March 13, 2023

Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria
Also livestreamed on Zoom and YouTube

From Tying Chair Bill Morrison:

For our March tying, I will lead us in tying the March Brown Flymph in #14 (see attached picture). It is a leggy soft hackle that is unweighted and rides just below the surface or a little deeper with a slow retrieve.   It’s simple to tie and uses only two materials other than hook and thread.  The pattern is from Morgan Lyle’s current book, Simple Flies (a great book if you don’t have it). However, it was created, along with other flymph patterns, by Pete Hidy in the early 1950’s, and the term flymph is a combination of “fly” and “nymph.”  Flymphs are basically emergers before they were called emergers.

The March Brown color comes at just the right time for those who are headed to the Little Missouri the end of this month for the annual club March Brown trip.  This brown dubbing is similar to Jeff Guerin’s March Brown color that he developed specifically for the Lil Mo.   But, the great thing about these buggy soft hackles is that they are so versatile. They work equally as well for bluegill and panfish in our warm water fisheries as they do for trout.  Add a little lead wire or a bead and they can be fished in deeper water.  All around, a very versatile, basic soft hackle pattern.

As always, all materials other than thread will be provided, and we will have several sets of tools for any who do not have their own.   And if you have never tied, we can pair you with someone who can help.  The fly uses red 70 denier or 8/0 thread.  If you don’t have red, we will have several spools, but almost any color or size will work.


  • #14 standard nymph hook
  • 70 denier or 8/0 red thread
  • Brown dubbing or color of your choice
  • Brown India Hen Back hackle or any hen hackle

Important News!

As always, we broadcast the sessions via Zoom for those who cannot attend, and record the session on YouTube for future reference. If you would like to join the Zoom but do not have the Zoom numbers, please email Bill Morrison.  The YouTube livestream and recording will be posted to the Kisatchie Fly Fishers YouTube channel.

The club has invested in new audio/video equipment for our meeting and tying sessions.  Based on our testing, the quality of our Zoom - and especially YouTube - will be greatly improved!  Also, our post processed tying videos (usually 30 minutes) have been getting about 10 times as many views as the full length sessions (usually 45 to 90 minutes).  So we may be post processing all of our tying videos from now on.  Many thanks to Tim Flagler of Tightline Videos for his help and recommendations!