Prince Nymph, Bead Head

Variation of the prince nymph which might arguably be more popular. A bead head is added for additional weight to help the fly sink faster. Otherwise the pattern is the same, using goose biots for the tail and wing, and peacock herl for the body. Gold ribbing helps to simulate a segmented body while adding flash. A hen hackle collar completes the pattern.

  • Nymph
  • Attractor
  • Normal
  • Trout
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Slide a bead on the hook and then place it in the vise. Wind on close turns of lead wire to form the weighted underbody, pushing the lead wire into the cavity of the bead. Secure the thread behind the bead and run the thread along the shank, over the underbody, to the start of the bend.
Tie in 2 biots to form a split tail the length of one hook gap. Cover the tag ends of the biots, then return the thread to the start of the bend.
Tie in the ribbing material and peacock herls for the body. Wrap the thread towards the bead.
Form a dubbing rope by gently twisting the peacock herls together, then wrap them along the shank to form the body. Tie off directly behind the bead and snip the excess.
Wrap the tinsel taking even spaced turns in the opposite direction to form the rib. Tie off and snip the excess.
Tie in the 6 to 10 hen hackle barbs on either side of the body. Secure and snip off the excess.
Tie in 2 biots to form the wing, position the biots so their tips run the length of the body. Fold the butts of the biots back along the body and take additional wraps to help secure them in place. Snip off the excess and then cover the butt ends with thread.
Form a thin neck band directly behind and level with the bead, and whip finish.
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