A nymph pattern imitating stoneflies, mayflies, and other subsurface insects, used to target a very wide range of species.
How it's tied
The Prince Nymph is tied using a short or medium shank hook. The body is typically formed from peacock herl, wrapped around the hook shank to create a cylindrical shape. A wire ribbing is often added to provide segmentation and additional durability. The tail and legs are made from biots, typically from a goose or turkey feather, tied in a V-shape to imitate the natural appearance of an insect's tail and legs. The wing is created from white goose biots, tied in a v-shape, while optionally the head is finished with a gold or brass bead to add weight and attraction.
What it mimics
The Prince Nymph is designed to imitate a variety of subsurface insects, such as stoneflies, mayflies, and caddisflies. It can be thought of as a generalist pattern, suggesting multiple potential food sources to the fish. This makes it an interesting nymph fly to start your day with if there's no surface action going on.
Where it's used
The Prince Nymph can be used in all water types. It is particularly effective when fish are feeding on nymphs or other subsurface insects, and can be productive year-round, especially in colder months when surface activity is limited. To fish the Prince Nymph effectively, use techniques such as dead drifting, swinging, or nymphing with an indicator or tight line. Start at the bottom and vary the depth and retrieve speed to discover where fish are holding up.