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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Changing up royalty

This Prince wants a change

mylar prince nymph fly pattern
Mylar Prince

The Prince Nymph is one of those flies that works in rivers, lakes, and for multiple species.  I typically have many of them in my box, and they have almost become one of those "last resort" flies that does the trick after I have almost tried EVERYTHING in my box.  The other thing that I really like about the Prince Nymph is that they can be tied in such a wide array of variations.  You can change the biot colors, or change them to other materials all together.  You can change the body from peacock to wire, mylar, dubbing, biots, etc.  The hook can also be played with; as you see we have tied this fly on a curved shank hook instead of the traditional straight shanked hook.

These modifications can also be doen to almost any fly out there, so don't be afraid to get a little crazy at the vise.  Remember, you won't know if the fish are going to eat it until you feed it to them.

mylar prince nymph fly pattern
Purple Mylar Prince

mylar prince nymph fly pattern
Purple Prince

Material List

Hook: Mustad C49S #18-#10 or Daiichi 1120 #18 - #10  -- Buy --
Bead: Tungsten to match hook size (the ratio here is #14 hook, 3.2mm bead) -- Buy --
Wings: Stripped Goose Biots, White  -- Buy --

And a video tutorial to go along with it all...

***I usually wrap a tiny bit of dubbing at the head to hide the thread.  You can incorporate a hot spot during this step with bright colored dubbing.


  1. Great tie. I love the Rainbow Warrior, and I think this just replaced at least a row in my fly box this year. looks edible with the black bead.

  2. Thanks for the kind words. This fly has a bit of rainbow in it. Tie it in all different color variations too.