Video: How to Tie the Beadhead Psycho Prince Nymph


The Psycho Prince can be tied in a variety of color combinations.

Since the brown trout we featured earlier today was taken on a Psycho Prince Nymph, I figured we oughta check the pattern out. Californian Mike Mercer is one of the more prolific fly tiers in the country, and he has an astounding 42 patterns listed with. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Green Caddis Larva


The green rock worm is a common net-spinning caddifly larva that trout love.
Photo by Tim Flagler

The Green Caddis Larva—also known as the Green Rock Worm—is an old stand-by nymph pattern, which is descended from the original Rock Worm created by Missoula, Montana barber Franz Pott in the 1920s. It’s an exceptionally effective nymph pattern that imitates many. . .

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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 . . .

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Tuesday Tip: How to Tie and Fish Tandem Rigs


The classic “hopper-dropper” is but one option for fishing two flies in tandem.
Photo by Phil Monahan

Although multi-fly rigs have been around for centuries and have always remained popular in Europe, fishing more than one pattern was nearly a forgotten science in this country until about 20 years ago. In fact, even when angling magazines flooded the market with tandem-rig stories, many anglers outside the Rockies took a long time to catch on. For instance, my older brother, Brian, has been fly fishing since the. . .

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Video: How to Tie the American Pheasant Tail Nymph

The original Pheasant Tail Nymph was tied by Englishman Frank Sawyer, a riverkeeper on the River Avon for more than 50 years. His pattern was designed to imitate the nymphs of various mayflies, especially those of the Baetis genus, although according to Tom Rosenbauer, in The Orvis Guide to the Essential American Flies: . . .

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