The Picric Frenchie
Curtis - October, 2020
I have been tying a lot with pheasant tails this year -- especially lighter dyed colors -- both with Chironomids as well as frenchie style and other styles of nymphs. And with Lance coming back from the Worlds last year having seen a lot of success with lighter metallic pink beads, I started tossing these beads onto some patterns as well.
So the Picric Frenchie is a variation of Lance's Frenchie nymph with the lighter body and a killer little Brahma soft hackle. On the thorax, because I couldn't get the color with one specific dubbing, I ended up making a mixture (shown below). Anyway, this pattern has fished well this year especially as an attractor pattern but also during some drake hatches. It's a fun little nymph to tie to give it a try!
- Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 16
- Bead: Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads - Metallic Light Pink - 7/64" (2.8mm)
- Bead (option): Hanak Metallic+ Slotted Tungsten Beads - Light Pink - 3.0mm
- Bead (option): Fulling Mill Slotted Tungsten Beads - Metallic Light Pink - 2.8 mm
- Thread: 8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge - Olive
- Tail: Spanish Coq De Leon
- Body: Semperfli Picric Acid Dyed Pheasant Tail
- Rib: UTC Ultra Wire - Copper - Small
- Collar: Whiting Brahma Hen Cape for Soft Hackles - Badger Dyed Golden Straw
- Thorax 1: Hare'e Ice Dub - Peacock
- Thorax 2: Ice Dub - Peacock
- Tools Used: Stonfo Comb/Brush Tool, Loon Low Tack Swax,