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Old 08-10-2011, 07:41 PM
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Default Pattern for the Brown Owl

The Brown Owl was originated by Bob Broad, the owner of the Brown Owl Tackle Shop in Errol, NH. It was meant to be fished in the surface film, imitating a struggling adult stonefly which hatches in late June and July in the Errol area. This hatch occurs right at dark and beyond. It is also seen in the Connecticut River in Pittsburg, NH. These stones are huge and a size #4 in not too big to tie the Brown Owl on.

Hook: Mustad 9575 (6XL), Tiemco 300 (6XL), or a Daiichi 2340 (6XL) or 2220
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THREAD: BROWN (6/0 DANVILLE #47)
BODY: Originally called for an oval gold tinsel, gold GUDEBROD'S HT Braid size 18
makes a nice body
Collar: Sparse yellow buck tail from the brown side of the tail near the rump end, extend the
tips slightly beyond the bend of the hook
Wing: Teal flank feather, tent style to slightly beyond the bend of the hook
Hackle: Soft brownish grizzly, originally wrapped like a collar and trimmed on top, but can
be tied in before the wing so that you don't have to trim it.
Head: Brown thread with an optional panted eye (yellow with a red pupil)



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Old 08-10-2011, 08:42 PM
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Thanks I'll be at the vise as soon I a get settled in Bow...
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Old 08-10-2011, 10:25 PM
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Thanks for the pattern Owls Roost. The ones I have (that I purchased) have a full collar in red or yellow. I like the one you posted better with a natual color collar trimmed on the top. I have not tied these yet but they are on my list.
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Old 08-10-2011, 10:36 PM
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Heading up to the Andro on friday and these will def. be in my fly box...
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is the yellow bucktail collar evenly distributed around the hook shank??
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Flytire,

Yes, it is a true collar, but it is very sparse.It is what makes the fly hang in the film.The hooks that I have listed are all heavy wire and therefore the amount of time that the fly actually floats is limited, but that is when it gets hammered in my experience. The buck tail helps to give the silhouette some bulk and keeps the wing spread out when it gets wet. Its a very old pattern.
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Hi OwlsRoost (Rick, I believe),
I was really happy to see this post. I'm a new member, and as I was raised in Berlin, and am in my 44th season on the Andro this year thought I'd chime in. I used to frequent The Brown Owl store/shop and was saddened when it finally closed. Bob was a good guy. I've caught a good many trout and landlocks on this fly over the years.
Thought I'd share a little variation that I came up with years ago that has made the fly more deadly. Try replacing the teal flank wing with gadwall or barred widgeon flank. It looks just like teal, but is more of the light brown/tan color of the natural's wings. They're a little difficult to find, but if you can lay your hands on some, I think you'll agree that it's worth the search.
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:16 PM
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FurFace (AKA Rick),

Thanks for the tip. It never ceases to amaze me that when some new material or idea comes along how it will increase the productivity of a standard pattern. Given the materials we have today, what would Carrie's original Gray Ghost or some other old standard look like. If I can find some widgeon or gadwall I'll try it.

It's a great pattern and this season on the Mid Magalloway we experienced a long stint of Stones and this pattern proved to be very productive.
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