Alistair, thoughtn you might be interested in this nice looking nymph for the start of the season, i have had good results with this used with the duo method. Try it with a waterhen bloa fished in the film. The nymph is as follows :
Size 14, 16 hooks, tail- pheasant tail fibres
Body – fine lead wire
over body – pheasant tail
Rib- Copper wire
Hackle – Waterhen
Thread – Yellow
I like to build up a nice bead of a head with the yellow thread, very effective when march browns or the first of the olives are about !!
Thanks for the pattern. By the way do you ever see March Browns on the Kelvin?
Good question, i have seen them on the Clyde and Avon, but ones that i have seen on then Kelvin are false march browns, i think. I studied entomology while working as acountryside ranger for 5 years, but mainly sampled mayfly and stonefly nymphs on the Forth and Lenny. The March Brown, and false march brown are difficult to distinguish,and, like most things, i don’t know everything. The pattern i have suggested will perform well where march browns ( false or otherwise ) are present. It also does a great job of representing a whole raft of other nymphs : with most of the olives included. At this time of year a good all rounder often outfishes an exact match. The fish are hungry after the lean times during the winter , and i have found this works well early on, give it a go and let me know
Don’t know to be honest. I ‘ve seen them on the Clyde and Avon, but they may have been false march browns.I studies entomology for 5 years while working as a countryside ranger and mainly sampled the Forth and Lenny for stone and mayfly nymphs. I know what i know and bits and pieces of other families but i am no expert. This patetrn i found worked well when the first of the olives appear as well any march browns ( false or otherwise)that may be present.Give it a go and see how you get on,let me know. I like to fish it with a waterhen bloa onthe dropper , fished semi dry, see you on the river on opning day ?