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Tying Video – The August Brown

I chose the August Brown for this weeks fly because it is similar to last weeks soft Hackle, The Winter Brown, and because it is very simple and straight forward.  It does call for Grouse as the hackle collar and I used some Ruffed Grouse in this one.  I imagine a speckled hen hackle would serve just as well.  The August Brown was created many years ago for chasing fish in the later months of the season (hence the name) when there really aren’t any big insect hatches and often the waters are running lower and clearer.  

The body is Hare’s Ear dubbing, a little thicker than the Winter Brown.  The rib is quite interesting though.  It is ribbed with yellow tying silk.  There are a number of patterns that use tying thread as a part of the fly and not just something to hold the parts together.  I do not wax the yellow silk as the wax can tend to darken the silk and it also tends to disappear in the Hare’s Ear Mask dubbing anyway.  I discovered this one in Sylvester Nemes’ book Two Centuries of Soft-Hackled Flies also.  It was published in the Fishing Gazette that was established in 1877 and discontinued printing in 1966.  Fancis M. Walbran wrote a monthly column in the gazette wrote about the virtues of the August Brown in August of 1885.  So, to say this fly has been around a while is an understatement.  Anyway, not going to ramble on this week.  The August Brown is a fun, productive and full of history.  – Enjoy.

Hook:Mustad 3906, 3906b or 3399, #10 – #16
Thread:Pearsall’s Gossamer Silk, Brown
Rib:Pearsall’s Gossamer Silk, Yellow
Body:Dark Gray Hare’s Ear Dubbing
Hackle:Grouse Hackle (not affiliate)
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As always, if you have any questions about this fly (or any other) you can leave a comment on Dressed Irons or any of the videos I have produced and I will help in anyway I can. Enjoy!

Remember….. It’s Fly tying….. If you’re not having fun, You’re Doin’ It Wrong.

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