Prince

Created by Doug Prince

 

Recipe

HOOK: 2X heavy, 1X long, turned-down eye; e.g. TMC 3761. Sizes 8-16

THREAD: Black

TAIL: Brown turkey biots

RIB: Copper wire or flat gold tinsel

BODY: Peacock

LEGS: Brown hackle or CDC

WING: White turkey biots

 

Uses

This general purpose nymph suggests a lot of things that trout eat, from small stonefly nymphs to caddis larvae. I've even used it as a sockeye fry imitation in Alaska! If a fly has peacock herl, it will catch trout.

 

Variations

A bead head is optional, but is usually a good idea. The traditional tie uses brown hackle, but CDC can be an effective substitute. Some anglers use an amber dubbing for the body.

 

How to Fish

In rivers, dead drift the fly near the bottom with the trout indicator or tight line presentations.

In lakes, use an intermeditate line and a count-down-and-retrieve or slow retrieve presentations. When lake fishing, experiment with different retrieves until you find one that works well: slow and steady, slow pulls with a pause between pulls, short pulls of moderate speed. A vertical retrieve or lift-and-settle presentation can work, too.

 

 

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