Californian Mike Mercer is one of the more prolific fly tiers in the country, and he has an astounding 42 patterns listed with Umpqua Feather Merchants. Among these is the Psycho Prince, which builds on the original by adding tons of flash, a wing tuft, and a variety of non-natural colors. (You can see Mercer’s original recipe here.) In the video above, Pennsylvania tier Tim Cammisa offers his version of the Psycho, and he takes things in even more bizarre directions.
Beadhead Psycho Prince Nymph
Hook: 2X-long nymph/streamer hook (e.g. Dai-Riki #300), sizes 8-16.
Bead: Tungsten, size to match hook.
Thread: Black, 8/0.
Tag: Peacock Ice Dub.
Tail: Goose biots.
Carapace: Pheasant tail feather.
Rib: Chartreuse Ultra Wire, medium.
Body: Peacock Ice Dub.
Wingcase: Chartreuse DNA Frosty Fish Fiber.
Legs: Goose biots.