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
Youtube Channel: The Fly Fiend
Youtube Video: Frenchie Nymph fly pattern
I love fishing soft hackles in the spring and this Blue Winged Olive Soft Hackle is a perfect fit. Once the season opens up and the creeks are running near normal, a soft hackle fly can really get the attention of fresh hungry trout. Soft hackles can be fished in a variety of ways and are a versatile addition to the trout cache. You can use the soft hackle as a dropper fly off of bigger dry flies, fish it in the surface film to mimic an emerger, or sink the fly and fish it as a nymph.
The materials are simple and the fly is a quick tie. The video goes through some of the nuances of the materials used with this BWO pattern. Starling can be a little tricky for the uninitiated but with a little practice and perseverance, it may be mastered quickly.
Blue Winged Olive Soft Hackle Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Fulling Mill 35050 Ultimate Dry Fly Hook Barbless – 16
Thread: 8/0 UNI Olive Dun
Body: Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails Olive
Ribbing: UTC Ultra Wire olive small
Thorax: Fine Natural Dubbing Baetis
Youtube Channel: Fly Fish Food
Youtube Video: BWO Soft Hackle
The Icy Pheasant Tail is a plump little morsel and I doubt many trout would pass up this treat. The Fly Fiend ties this pattern on a barbless #16 Partridge Patriot Czech Nymph hook. The hook is sized larger than others, and so a #16 is more on par with the #10 you may be used to tying on. The fly calls for hollow tubing with flash tied under. This gives the fly a really gassy look under water. Speaking of hollow tubing, if you have some hypodermic needles and mineral oil, you can fill the hollow tubing to really enhance the effects.
I’m excited for the spring and the start of the 2017 fishing season. Watch to the end to see a couple different colour variations on the fly. Don’t want to tie them? You can buy them from the Fiend here.
Icy Pheasant Tail fly pattern recipe
Hook: Partridge Patriot Czech Nymph (curved scud hook)
Bead: Gold tungsten
Lead: 0.015 lead free wire
Thread: 6/0 UTC olive
Tail: Pheasant tail dyed olive 8-10 fibers
Body: Wapsi stretch tubing then 2 pieces of UNI-Mylar peacock / blue (peacock side up)
Legs: Pheasant tail dyed olive
Thorax: Ice dubbing Caddis green & black blended
Wingcase: Thin skin w/ UV resin
Youtube Channel: The Fly Fiend
Youtube Video: Icy Pheasant Tail fly pattern