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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


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Rolled Muddler

The Rolled Muddler
The Rolled Muddler

This venerable pattern was originally designed as a fry imitation for sea-run cutthroat but has become a ubiquitous standard fly for most BC anglers. It makes an excellent fry pattern in freshwater too, and can be fished very effectively in the surface film when trout are keying in on the little wakes that salmon fry make as they drift in the current, especially at dusk and dawn when they are most active.

Recipe and tying instructions found on the link below.

Via: Fly Fusion Magazine


Woodchuck Chuckers

It’s groundhog Day woodchuck chuckers and so after a bit of a hiatus, I’m back. I just finished watching my obligatory session of the movie Groundhog Day and now I offer you a selection of flies inspired by the hair of the great hog (rat….)

Click here for 4 woodchuck patterns – http://www.fishingwithflies.com/WoodchuckCaddis.html

The Chuck Caddis
The Chuck Caddis

Hook: Photo shows size 14 Tiemco 100.
Thread: Color and size to suite. Photo shows Danville 6/0.
Body: Dubbing, applied thinly.
Wing: Woodchuck fur guard-hairs.
Hackle/Legs: Dry fly hackle to match the hatch. Photo shows about 12 wraps of cree colored rooster saddle hackle.