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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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Ice Dub Pheasant Tail – Barrett Christiansen

Another great little nymph from Barrett Christiansen at the Caddis Fly Shop. I love the look of this style of nymph, but I would (will) tie it on a curved shank hook to suit my style. The Pheasant tail color in the ice dub looks hot and reminds me of the Great Canadian Dubbing’s Bronze Olive Diamond Dub I’ve been using for the past few years quite a bit. This is a hot little fly and will be on my vise in short time.



Pheasant Tail Nymph – Hans Stephenson

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.