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Part One hundred-eighteen

Grey Fox

Grey Fox

Compiled and Tied By Thomas C. Duncan, Sr.
Photo by James Birkholm


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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