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This fly pattern is a classic Eastern imitation of the
Stenonema Fuscum, also known as the Grey
Fox. This fly is extremely similar to the March Brown,
(both the Eastern Stenonema Vicarium and
the Western Rithrogena Morrisoni, and can
be used to imitate that insect as well.
Although it was developed as an Eastern pattern, it can
be used well on Western Spring Creeks for March Browns and
other lightly shaded flies such as Heptagenia
and as a "suble" attractor.
According for Art Flick, the Grey Fox pattern was originated
by Catskills legend Preston Jennings.
The pattern is:
- Hook: No 12.
- Silk: Primrose.
- Tail: Ginger cock's barbs.
- Body: Light fawn-colored fur from Red Fox.
- Hackle: Light grizzly wound over light ginger.
- Wing: Flank feather of a Mallard drake.
~ Thomas C. Duncan, Sr.
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