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Wednesday, 12 February 2020  |  Sarah
 

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Get Ready For March!

March Brown Trout Flies! 
Find out the magic of this stunning fly!

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Rithrogena Germanica - March Brown

This rare but stunning March Brown fly, officially known as Rhithrogena Germanica,  is about to come into it's own and absolutely has to be a part of our fly boxes. If you are lucky enough to have these naturally hatching in your area then you are on to a winner.

If you don't have it naturally occuring near you, don't worry - read on for alternatives.

For centuries the March brown dun has figured prominently in angling writing, but it is rarely if ever seen on the majority of rivers and streams. The March brown is "probably the most famous of all British mayflies", having been copied by anglers to catch fish for over 500 years

In the British Isles, the range of R. germanica includes the River Tweed and River Don in Scotland, the River Coquet in England, the River Wye in Wales and the River Liffey in Ireland. Typically these are  fast-flowing northern and western rivers with stony beds are not found in Southern UK. In late March and early April the main hatches occur, often with duns coming off in waves spread over two or three hours. It is unusual for one of these bursts of activity to last much more than fifteen minutes so be prepared as the fishing can be mad when this hatches occur.

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R. germanica was first described by Alfred Edwin Eaton based on a single male imago collected from the River Rhine at Laufenburg, Switzerland. Its current distribution in Switzerland only extends to a few tributaries of the Rhine.

Rhithrogena germanica is widespread across Central and Northern Europe. It is under threat across Europe, and Great Britain may be a stronghold for the species. 

The nymph (see below)  is a stone clinger and not readily available to trout except during a hatch. March brown nymphs prefer the fast-flowing runs and glides, unlike the agile-darters which are usually found in greatest concentration near the margins or in weed beds. In deeper water trout seem to take mainly the nymphs as they ascend and struggle through the surface film, whereas in shallow stretches they are often seen rising to the floating dun. Use a size 12 March Brown nymph or March Brown Spider or as an alternative size 12 Gold-ribbed Hare's Ear nymph, fished just below the surface. These are is usually an effective imitation when march browns are hatching. You can frequently see large quantities of March Brown spinners during the day.

The emerging adults are vulnerable to predators, and so their emergence is very fast; the whole process of moulting and taking flight can take as little as 30 seconds!

 

Learn more about the range of deadly March Browns....


We have put together a detailed article all about these fantastic flies.  It contains all its entomological features, hatches and the supporting range of flies that you can adopt to use in your fly fishing from the  nymph through to the full fly.

Bear in mind In March and early April the main hatches occur, so get your March Browns in now.  Also you should be aware that with duns coming off in waves spread over two or three hours, it is unusual for one of these bursts of activity to last much more than fifteen minutes! So be prepared as the fishing can be mad when this hatches occur.
 
CLICK HERE to read the full article all about the March Brown magic!
 

Don't have March Browns near you? 
No worries! Here is an alternative!


However, if you don't have them naturally occurring near to you, panic not!  Being a part of the Rhitrogena family, it is very similar in look to the Olives and one of our favourites is the Barbless Upwing Olive CDC.  So what this means is you can be assured that this fly will do the business!
 

Free Hatch Chart


Our hatch charts are offered free of charge to registered customers.  They are released throughout the fishing year in advance to enable you to prepare in time for your fishing trips. 

They offer a reference chart by way of a guide as to what should be hatching in normal weather conditions. 

Please check the access instructions below as they are only available as a thank you to loyal customers and are not freely available to the public.


 

Accessing The Hatch Chart

  1. Go to www.theessentialfly.com
  2. In the top right hand corner of the page, FIRST login to your account using your own email address and personal account password
  3. From the main menu bar across the top of the screen look for the Trout Flies link
  4. Hover over this link and from the sub menu that appears the Hatchchart link will appear at the bottom right hand corner of the pop up box
  5. Click on the link to Hatch Chart and enjoy this rich information and get catching!
 
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