Egan's Frenchie

Unknown- May, 2017

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
  • Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook - 16
  • Thread: Danville (or UTC) 70 Denier - Red
  • Bead: Hanak Round+ Slotted Tungsten Beads - Bronze - 2.5mm (see alternates below as well)
  • Tail: Whiting Coq De Leon Euro Nymph Tailing Packs - Pardo
  • Body: Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails - Muskrat Gray
  • Ribbing: UTC Ultra Wire - Copper - Small
  • Hot Spot: Ice Dub - UV Shrimp Pink
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
UTC Ultra Wire
UTC Ultra Wire

UTC Ultra Wire - Extra Small

$1.75
UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier
UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

$1.99
Ice Dub
Ice Dub
Ice Dub

Ice Dub

$3.50
Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads
Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads

Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads - Classic Colors

$7.99
UTC Ultra Wire
UTC Ultra Wire

UTC Ultra Wire - Small

$1.75
Hanak Round+ Slotted Tungsten Beads
Hanak Round+ Slotted Tungsten Beads

Hanak Round+ Slotted Tungsten Beads

$6.50
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Classic Colors
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Classic Colors

Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Classic Colors

$7.80
Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook
Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook

Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook

$8.95
UTC Ultra Wire
UTC Ultra Wire

UTC Ultra Wire - Brassie Size

$1.75
Arizona Diamond Dub
Arizona Diamond Dub
Arizona Diamond Dub
Arizona Diamond Dub

Arizona Diamond Dub

$2.95
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge

8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge

$3.25
Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails
Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails

Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails

$4.99
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier

Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier

$2.99
Hanak Metallic+ Slotted Tungsten Beads
Hanak Metallic+ Slotted Tungsten Beads

Hanak Metallic+ Slotted Tungsten Beads

$6.99
Firehole Sticks 516 Jig Hook
Firehole Sticks 516 Jig Hook

Firehole Sticks 516 Jig Hook

$7.25
UTC Ultra Wire
UTC Ultra Wire

UTC Ultra Wire - Medium

$1.75