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Prince Nymph

The Prince is a nymph that has a very important place in the fly fishing world and rightfully so, because its effectiveness is indisputable. Originating in the thirties, it was first known as the Forked Tail Nymph and was possibly created by the Olson brothers. In the forties, Doug Prince tied Forke View more...
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Prince Nymph
List of materials
Hook: Partridge SH3, or G3A / LY, or DAIICHI 1560, from 6 to 20. Thread: 70 Denier white and black colored 8/0 Wire Size: Lead wire 0.15 " Dubbing: Peacock colour ice dubbing Tails: Brown Goose biots Ribbing: Gold wire BODY: Peacock Hurl Hackle: Hen furnace Wings and Wing Case: White Goose biots

Step 1

This nymph can either be weighted or not depending on the depth you want to reach. Personally, I prefer to add some weight for 2 reasons: to help shape the body and increase the sink rate.

Fly tying - Prince Nymph - Step 1

Step 2

Use the white thread to cover up the lead wire and slightly taper the body making it thicker towards the front. The white thread makes it easier to see how the shape is forming. The thickness of the wire depends on the size of the nymph, however I usually use 70 denier.

Fly tying - Prince Nymph - Step 2

Step 3

We secure the body with cyanoacrylate and once dry change the thread to black. We start at the end of the shank or the start of the bend and use the ice dubbing to create a small bulge before tying in the goose boits.

Fly tying - Prince Nymph - Step 3

Step 4

Tie the goose biot in with one on each side using the dubbing to spread them apart. Tie half way down the body to secure them. For this section I prefer the reddish brown colour.

Fly tying - Prince Nymph - Step 4

Step 5

Use a wire twister to create the loops of the body, as once twisted looks very similar to gold tinsel however is much stronger.

Fly tying - Prince Nymph - Step 5

Step 6

Now we apply the white biots to resemble the wings or wing cases. Tie one on each side pointing forward towards the eye of the hook just a little longer than the tails.

Fly tying - Prince Nymph - Step 6

Step 7

Just behind the white biots tie in 3-4 fibres of peacock hurl, and begin to wrap the peacock hurl down the body. Use the gold wire to tie it off, before wrapping the gold wire up the body until just behind the white biots. Tie this down and trim. This creates a far more durable body.

Fly tying - Prince Nymph - Step 7

Step 8

Tie in the hen furnace hackle just behind the white biots about four times before tying off. Using the hen hackle gives the fiber more movement, as they are softer than the rooster hackle.

Fly tying - Prince Nymph - Step 8

Step 9

Tie back the white biots and tie off the head with a whip finish.

Fly tying - Prince Nymph - Step 9

Step 10

The finished Prince.

Fly tying - Prince Nymph - Step 10


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