Tuesday Ties - Prince Nymph – Fins and Feathers Bozeman
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Tuesday Ties - Prince Nymph

The Prince Nymph, to many the quintessential Montana nymph, simple in appearance yet inexplicably hard to make look good and clean. Now I do not profess to be a good prince nymph tier, but mine do catch fish so here we go.

Hook: 2x long nymph hook
Bead: Gold bead that corresponds to hook size
Underbody: Lead or Lead Free wire
Tail: Brown Goose biots
Rib: Gold oval tinsel (I like Lagartun)
Body: Peacock Herl
Hackle: Brown hen hackle
Wings: White Goose biots

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1) Adding several wraps of lead wire behind the bead has several benefits. Firstly it allows you to tailor the weight of the fly to the rivers you fish. Secondly it helps hold the bead in place. Thirdly it aids in making a nice tapered body.
For reference purposes the hook is a size 10 (2x long), the bead is a 3/16”, and the lead wire is .025 (lead free).

2) Tie in the Goose biots in such a way that they are forked and will remain that way. There are several techniques to do this, so use which ever you prefer. The tail on this fly should be about half the length of hook shank. Tie in the ribbing near the back of the bead and secure it all the way to the back of the fly. This again aids with body shaping.

3) Tie in the white Goose biot wings, so that when folded back they extend ¾ of the way down the shank. In my opinion, tying in the wing biots now is a more secure way of tying them in than doing them last, which some people do. I also like to tie in the hackle now for the same reason.

4) For this size 10 hook I tied in three pieces of peacock herl at once. Warp them forward trying to end up with a tapered body. Twisting the peacock herl around the thread before tying it down will substantially increase its strength.

5) I had to tie the body in two sections due the shank length. Wind the tinsel rib forward several times. You don’t want too many wraps of ribbing, just enough to add a little sparkle to the fly and strength to the peacock herl body.

6) Starting just behind the bead and winding back, add several wraps of hackle and tie it down so that the hackle fibers point backwards. Lastly pull the wings back and secure them down so they are pointing back like the hackle. A couple whip finishes and maybe a dab of you favorite fly cement and you’re done. Now you have a trout catching machine!