The Mohawk Hotspot Pheasant Tail Nymph is a fly design from Justin Aldrich (check out his channel here – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa5G…) and was featured on JStockard’s blog in May 2018. This variation of the Pheasant Tail Nymph (#PTN ) incorporates a unique hotspot, taking advantage of some seldom used real estate over top of the tungsten bead. I’ve used a hot pink floss for my demo flies, but any hot color that contrasts with the bead should work well. Try a black bead with a chartreuse floss or a silver bead with purple floss.
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.