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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Youtube Video: Frenchie Nymph fly pattern
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
Back to basics with Hans Stephenson tying a classic Pheasant tail Nymph (PTN). this is one of the very first patterns I ever tied, and I still use it quite a bit, mind you, the ones I use have changed somewhat over the years. I mostly tie them on scud hooks with tungsten beads and will on occasion, add a hot butt. Hans does a great demonstration here, and any neophyte following his lead is on a good start. If you haven’t tied up a PTN in a while, here is an excuse to revisit this classic.