Written by Ian Anderson
The Prince Nymph is one of the first nymphs I was introduced to when I started nymphing. It is a extremely versatile pattern and can be fished with success in many different waters and for many different species. Normally, the Prince Nymph is tied using a brown rooster neck hackle for the collar. I however, prefer a softer hackle such as a hen hackle. You can tie it with a simple brown hen hackle but I like the mottling of a speckled hen hackle (thus the Soft Hackle). This particular version of the Prince is also tied on a longer shank hook that a standard nymph hook so it can accommodate the bead on the front. The bead gives it a little more sparkle and attraction as well as adding some additional weight. You are not limited to a gold bead though. Some fly fisherman like a silver, black or even bright orange bead under certain circumstance. The rib is also changed on some versions. I have seen them tied with a flat silver or gold mylar tinsel and even a pearl flashabou rib. Whatever you prefer, the Prince Nymph is a fly all fly fisherman and fisherwomen should have in their fly box when on the water.
I have detailed step by step instructions below for tying the Soft Hackle Beadhead Prince Nymph. The high resolution images might help answer questions as to how to tie this fly. I also have a detailed video on the tying the Soft Hackle Beadhead Prince Nymph (see below). I recommend you watch the video first and refer back to it because there is some information that is in the video that is not included in this article. At the same time, there is some information included in this article that is not in the video. Just remember, it is fly tying, it is supposed to be fun and learning new flies and techniques, while confusing as you are learning, can be quite fun and rewarding.
If you have any questions about the article or the video, do not hesitate to leave me a comment here or on YouTube (the video) and I will be glad to help clear anything up.
|Mustad 9671 or 3906b or TMC 5262, #10 – #18
|Uni-Thread 8/0, Red (the Red thread is used for attraction, use a brown thread is you do not want a “hot spot”)
|Gold Bead and Lead Wire
|Goose Biots, Brown
|Danville Oval Tinsel, Gold
|Goose Biots, White
If you prefer, there is a video on tying this fly. I recommend you watch the video even if you prefer the step-by-step directions as the video can clarify some of the steps.
Feel free to leave a comment or question below. If you would like, you can purchase some Soft Hackle Beadhead Prince Nymph here (while supplies last).
Always Remember…It’s Fly Tying… If You’re Not Having Fun, You’re Doin’ it Wrong!