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Early Brown Step by Step
 
Hook - Alec Jackson North-Country, Size 15
Thread - Fire Orange 8/0 UNI-Thread
Body - Very thinly dubbed Hare's Ear
Rib - Lagartun X-Fine Gold Wire
Hackle - Woodcock Under Covert

Step 1
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Lightly wax the thread and secure it behind the eye of the hook.

Step 2
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Tie in a Woodcock under covert feather by its tip having stroked back the fibres. Trim off excess.

Step 3
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Take the thread in touching turns to a point above the barb. Tie in the ribbing as you go.

Step 4
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Dub a very sparse hare's ear body. Allow the orange thread to show through.

Step 5
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Rib the body with four turns of the gold wire. Cut off the excess.

Step 6
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Wind the hackle feather back one full turn to where the wire was tied in.

Step 7
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Take the thread carefully through the wound hackle and secure with a whip finish.

The Early Brown is an imitation of a number of species of perlidae - small stone-flies. It has been a particularly successful pattern for me this season (2008), not only on streams but also on still waters where it probably serves as an effective imitation of a hatching chironomid. I'd be reluctant to go fishing now without a few of these in my box.
 
As a pattern it is very similar to the February Red, Winter Brown, Light & Dark Woodcock and the Brown Owl.

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