The Secrets of The Prince
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The Prince Nymph is one of the fly patterns that seems to go in and out of vogue with fly anglers. One of the reasons for this is the fact that
most fly anglers, websites and magazines will tell you that this is basically an attractor
pattern. Yes, it's very popular but that doesn't mean fly anglers use it correctly or use it enough. Part
of this stems from the idea that it's only an attractor pattern. Another problem is that there are about
22 trillion new magic flies in fly fishing every year that are the latest hot fly (well it seems like this
many new patterns; may be it's only 12 trillion).
What most fly anglers don't understand is that depending upon the size, the weight and how it's
tied the Prince Nymph can actually be used in a number of ways and used in an number of different methods.
Here's a list of all the ways I use the fly. Compare it to how you use it.
In larger sizes such 6, 8 or 10 the Prince Nymph is a decent enough Stonefly imitation. This is
especially true if stonefly nymphs are crawling to the rocks to the shore prior to emergence. The
nymph works great with a rod tip motion and a hand retrieve
In larger sizes such as 6,8, or 10 the Prince Nymph works very well as a streamer. Because of the
white on the top versus the darker peacock herl with tinsel it's a very good general minnow
imitation. Fish it upstream bringing it back and you'll get some surprises.
It's an excellent pattern for dredging trout off the bottom when tied as bead head in larger sizes too,
especially in the spring.
Put some floatant on a size 14 or 16 and fish it in the film for a number of emerging mayflies and you
may catch as many trout on it as your exact imitation.
As many fly anglers know it works good on a dropper at any place from the top to the bottom
A very small bead head imitation sizes 16 and 18 work very well (if you tie them thin) for Blue Winged
Olive Nymphs (Baetis) especially on spring creeks.
It also makes a great general caddis imitation especially if you cut the tail off!
So there are a few more ways you can use the Prince Nymph. I hope you explore them because
it's really good fly and it's much more than an attractor. The basic fly pattern is below:
- Hook: 2XL (3XL a beadhead)
Thread: 6/0 Black
Weight: You may use lead or copper wire to get it down for sunken patterns
Tail: Goose Biots, Brown
Body: Peacock Herl; you may wish to reverse wrap fine copper wire to make the Peacock last longer. This will
Rib: Oval Tinsel, Gold
Hackle: Hen Neck, Brown
Wing: Goose Biots, White