The prince nymph is an attractor/searching pattern. It is a good pattern to use when probing new waters or when what the trout are eating is a mystery. In still or moving waters, the prince nymph is always a good place to start.
Try fishing this pattern at along the bottom of a stream under a strike indicator or strip in rapid jerks in still waters and lakes. An underbody of lead, a bead head or simply a couple of small split shot can be added to achieve the desired depth.
Tying difficulty (5 being the hardest 1 the easiest): 3
Weight: Lead wire
Hook: Standard nymph hook #10-#16
Thread: Black 6/0 or 8/0
Tail: Brown Goose fibers(biots)
Body: Peacock Herl
Ribbing: Fine gold tinsel
Wing: White Goose Fibers(biots)
- Start by wrapping the lead wire beginning one hook eye length behind the eye and terminating 3/4 of the way down the hook shank. Make a base of thread over the lead wraps. Take two brown goose fibers both measuring 1/2 the length of the hook shank and tie them in separately and behind the lead wraps. They should be tied in so that their natural curve is out and upward. Trim the surplus butts of the fibers.
- Tie in the gold tinsel at the head end of the lead wraps and lay it back over the hook shank. Wrap backward over the tinsel and the lead wraps until you get to the goose fiber tie in point.
- Take your peacock herl making sure that it is long enough to wrap it forward over the entire hook shank and tie it in behind the lead wraps at the base of the tale. If the peacock herl is not long enough tie a few pieces together. Wrap the herl and thread forward simultaneously. Make a few extra wraps of thread behind the hook eye and then wrap the thread evenly back to the tail base. Wrap the fine gold tinsel over the herl evenly using 3-6 wraps.
- Choose a brown hackle feather with fibers the length of the hook gap. Pinch your fingers together over the base of the feather and slide them down to remove the base fibers. Tie it in behind the hook eye with the dull side of the feather facing down. Make a couple turns of the feather and tie it off. Trim off the excess. Sweep the hackles back and make a few wraps over the base of it in order to maintain the swept back form.
- Take two white goose fibers the length of the hook shank and tie them in separately behind the hook eye with the tips curving downward. Make a few wraps over the butts of the fibers and trim the remainder. Form a thread head, whip finish and cement.
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