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
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)