Another fly that you’ll find in just about everyone’s fly box is the Prince Nymph. And there’s a reason for that.
This stonefly pattern dates back to the early 1930s and gets its name from Doug Prince. I can’t even imagine how amazing fishing must have been back then. Wide-open waters with no people. Sounds incredible.
I’ve seen this bad boy tied in sizes ranging from a size 8 (yeah that’s a giant Prince) all the way down to a size 16 or 18, which makes for a pretty small fly. The goose biots are an important part of this fly and getting the proportions, or lengths correct is crucial. Or at least for the aesthetic look, the fish probably don’t care so much.
I almost always tie these with a tungsten bead, if I haven’t run out of them.
- Hook: size 6-16 nymph; Daiichi 1710, TMC 5262,
- Bead: tungsten (matched to hook size)
- Thread: 6/0 or UTC 140
- Tail: brown goose biots
- Body: peacock herl
- Rib: copper wire
- Horns: white goose biots
- Legs: brown hackle
- Set up your fly tying vise
- Fix the hook in the vise's jaw
- Push play on the video tutorial