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Frenchie Nymph (Jig) by The Fly Fiend

The Fly Fiend is a nymphing machine and has been cranking out some stellar nymph patterns. This version of the Frenchie Nymph is tied on a jig hook and adds a little collar of CDC behind the thorax hot spot. The pattern is a simple fly but is a proven staple fly for any trout, grayling, perch of panfish fly box. The Frenchie Nymph is a popular fly for competitive anglers and is seen on many multi-rig setups. The pattern can be modified easily by changing up the thread and thorax dubbing and by using different shades of dyed pheasant tail.

The origins of the pattern are said to have originated in the competitive fly fishing events in Europe. As the story goes, a young Frech angler was stacking up the numbers on the river during a competition. A certain amount of secrecy is expected, and it may be considered uncouth to ask what the anglers catching fish as using. Everyone was expecting that the kid had some ultra realistic fish catcher, but at the end of the event, he revealed the shockingly simple stripped down Pheasant Tail Nymphs.

Frenchie Nymph fly pattern recipe

Hook: Partridge Patriot Jig hook #12-16
Bead: Gold tungsten slotted
Thread: Fl. Pink 70 denier
Tail: CDL barbs (Coque de Leon)
Body: Ringneck pheasant tail
Rib: Fine copper wire (UNI soft wire small)
Collar: CDC natural dun
Thorax: UV pink ice dubbing

Sources

Youtube Channel: The Fly Fiend
Youtube Video: Frenchie Nymph fly pattern
Instagram: theflyfiend
Website: theflyfiend.com

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Speak Out Fly Tying Challenge

Young Kheiran has dropped the gauntlet and issued a challenge to all fly tyers. The challenge is simple. Just tie a Wooly Bugger fly and try to talk through the tying process. Oh, yes, you’ll need to use a cheek retractor while you do it. Watch her video below and let us know if you create your video answering the challenge.

Sources
Youtube: Speak out game flytying challenge!!!

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Stan Lowe ties a Pike Fly?

Welcome to “Tie Your Own Flies with Stan Lowe”. Some things just need to be seen to be believed. Stan guides you though this “floater” pike fly pattern and shows the viewer how to properly use glue and how to avoid injury at the vise.

Stan Lowe’s Pike Fly pattern recipe

Hook: Pike
Thread: Black
Tail: White Fishair
Body: Deer hair

Sources

Youtube Channel: Samuel Johnson
Youtube Video: The Art of Fly Tying (IAC) Ep.1

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