February 2012

Prince Nymph

Steve Matter

Prince Nymph

Hook: Standard BARBLESS nymph hook, #8—#18, with #14 & #16 most commonly used. Beaded or not.
Tail: Brown goose biots
Body: 2 or 3 strands of peacock herl
Hackle: One or two wraps of soft hackle
Ribbing: fine copper or gold wire
Wing: White goose biots

Tying and fishing notes:
--Attach two end sections of brown goose biots for tail, one at a time, and wind thread between them to keep separated.

--Attach fine copper or gold wire along shank, and leave hanging.

--Attach 2 or 3 strands of peacock herl along shank wrap thread forward and back to tail. Wind herl by hand all the way to bead or a little behind the eye. Counter-wrap the wire and fasten down.

--Attach two sections of white goose biot for wing, making an "X" figure with the points facing backward to about the hook point. There is a natural bend to a biot, and I fasten them with the concave side up. Snip the ends sticking over the bead or eye.

--Attach a soft hackle feather and make one wind, not wanting to overdress.

--Whip finish. Don't bother with cement. As with any fly, you will either lose it or it will get ruined by use before it falls apart.

--This is a very handsome fly, easy to make, and probably has produced more trout than any other. Peacock herl is magical and the iridescence really appeals to the trout.

Photograph ©2012 by Marv Slind