It's funny how two guys see a fly so differently! my Brown Drake Emerger. I guess my nomemclature is incorrect.
Matt...I don't think so. They are just two different "styles", yours is dry and John's is wet. Your fly reminds me a bit of Harrop's transitional dun.
IMHO, these will take fish, no problem...
Your last one there Matt I would toss for the Brown Drake, but maybe only change the wing color. There is a fair amount of yellow in our Brown Drakes (the Robert's Yellow Drake from Grayling is spot on) and a rather difficult carmel/honey brown that's not so easy to duplicate...In the neighborhood of your abdomen.
John...I have posted here before a time I floated the North Branch of the Au Sable during the Brown Drakes and we found piles of stillborns in the slack water under a small dock. My guide friend would remind me, when my drag-free-floats became too drag-free, that the process of emergence for these larger bugs isn't a dainty thing...They disturb the water. A wet fly is killer during these times.
Eric...There is a wet fly in Nemes' "100 Years of the Wet Fly", or whatever it's called, that is great during the March Brown hatch. It is the one in there with a couple wraps of brown rooster hackle just behind the Partridge...It helps flair it out some. It also has a tail of PT fibers.
I had a wonderful day with this fly a couple years back. I fish it more like a dry than a wet...The next morning I ran in to Gates' Lodge and whispered this to Josh there...He smiled and walked me over to the fly bins and reach down and pulled something out of the Brown Drake bin that looked a great deal like what I had tied.
I guess that there really isn't anything "new" under the sun. :)
Thanks for sharing guys!