Egan's Frenchie


Egans Frenchie, Euro Nymph, Fly tying tutorial
Egan's Frenchie

The Frenchie is one of my go-to patterns for sure.  It's quick to tie, and fish love it.  The Frenchie is my version, or my favorite color combination of a common competition fly.  When I first entered the world of competition fly fishing I was introduced to many fly patterns that seemed too simple to work, or too flashy, gaudy & outrageous to take fish. Yet, my boxes are now adorned with similar atrocities.  Anyway, the Frenchie was one that seemed tolerable.  Though I never had great success on standard pheasant tails, I had caught a few fish on them and I'd certainly taken note of the regularity with which customers purchased pheasant tails, so somebody was getting them to work.  ;)  The Frenchie style fly I first saw used natural pheasant tail fibers for the tail and body and had a hotspot behind the bead which varied in color.  I simply found a color combination that consistently caught fish utilizing the standard "frenchie" theme.  So, for clarification, I did not invent this style of fly.  Egan's Frenchie is a variation on the original theme and the color combination sold by Umpqua is my most productive combo.  I replaced the pheasant tail, tail with Coq de Leon (for sheen, speckling and added durability), the natural pheasant tail body for dyed pheasant tail and used Hareline's shrimp pink ice dubbing teamed with a red thread collar to create the hotspot.  This color combination was solidified for me at my first World Fly Fishing Championship in Portugal, 2006.  There I won a river session (basically catching the most total centimeters of fish in 3 hours) on the River Alva using the Frenchie and Bionic Ant in a dry dropper rig.  I was sold.  The fish in every country and state I've fished since have also been impressed with this fly.  Tie some and fish them.  Your catch rate will thank you.

Material List
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Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 14
Bead: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Red
Bead: Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads - Gold - 7/64" (2.8mm)
Weight: Lead Wire Spool - .010
Tail: Whiting Coq De Leon Tailing Packs - Medium Pardo
Body 3: Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails - Muskrat Gray
Ribbing: UTC Ultra Wire - Copper - Small
Hot Spot/Thorax: Ice Dub - UV Shrimp Pink

Other tools from the tutorial:
Renzetti Master Vise
Tiemco Razor Scissors - Gold, Half-serrated