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Dubuque Fly Fishers


Bead-Head Prince Nymph

Hook: Tiemco 200R, Mustad 9671 or 9672, size 8-14.

Head: Gold or brass bead.

Thread: 6/0, black.

Tail: Two brown or ginger goose biots.

Rib: Oval gold tinsel.

Body: Three five strands of peacock herl.

Wings: White goose biots tied in V.

Hackle: Brown saddle.

Notes: Addition of gold or brass bead heads has become a popular variation for some of our favorite fly patterns. The beads add a bit of sparkle and life to the fly, making it more visible and enticing to a hungry trout. Metal beads are also a good way to add non-toxic weight to the fly, and can be used in areas where lead-weighted flies are banned, such as in our National Parks.

Any sub-surface pattern can be tied using a bead-head. The Prince Nymph is a favorite pattern for year-round nymphing in the Crowsnest River. The peacock herl body and gold rib are highly attractive to trout. The white goose biot v-wings also give the impression of an emerging insect. In fact, the Prince Nymph can be used during Green Drake hatches throughout July.

Tying Note: A dubbed underbody beneath the peacock herl makes this fly look like a plumper, juicier morsel.

Source: Fly Fishing, http://www.telusplanet.net/public/cnangler/html/ which does not exist any more.

Tier: Dave Tipple (Dave's version is called a Bead Head Soft Hackel Nymph).