Video: How to Tie the Beadhead Prince Nymph

In a recent poll of fly-fishing professionals asking them to identify their favorite searching nymphs, the Prince Nymph was one of the most popular choices. Although some argue that this style of nymph originated with Don and Dick Olson of Bemidji, Minnesota, it is named for Doug Prince, a California tier of the 1940s. This pattern works great as a caddisfly nymph, a small stonefly, and as a general searching pattern. You can also strip it back at the end of a drift like a wet fly or streamer. You should never head for any trout stream without a few Princes in your fly box. This great video, by Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions, walks you through the process of tying this killer pattern.

     Beadhead Prince Nymph
     Hook: Mustad 9671, or similar, sizes 4 through 18. 
     Bead: Gold. 
     Weight: Lead wire. 
     Thread: Brown, 6/0 or 8/0.
     Tails: Brown goose biots. 
     Rib: Fine gold wire. 
     Body: Peacock herl. 
     Hackle: Coachman brown. 
     Wings: White goose biots. 
     Glue: Head cement

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  2. Hi , can u suggest some materials that you can tie multplie flies with? I’m very beginner, and want to buy a couple diff. Materials that will tie some tried and try patterns

    1. Elk hair. Elk hair caddis
      Bucktails. Streamers/clouser minnow and bass bugs
      Peakcock herl. Foam beetle

    2. Size 16 & 14 nymph or scud hooks.
      Gold beads, 3/32 & 7/64.
      Dubbing, brown, tan, olive.
      Peacock herl!!!
      Pheasant tail feathers.
      Hackle, smaller size, brown.
      Gold wire, Small or brassie size.
      Elk hair.
      With these you can tie:
      Nymphs: prince, hares ear, pheasant tail, BH Caddis…
      Dry: Elk hair Caddis.
      Add silver wire & silver beads to tie zebra midge (ultimate trout candy)

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