Prince nymph fly pattern

Prince Nymph

One of the most tried and true classic nymph patterns. This version is the bare bones, tied without a bead. There are countless variations, but I always like having a few of these in my box next to the more “out there” variants (UV dubbing, red-dyed herl, etc…)

The Prince Nymph was created by Doug Prince in the 1930s. This versatile and effective nymph imitation has consistently fooled trout and other freshwater species for decades. Its enduring appeal can be attributed to its uncanny resemblance to aquatic insect larvae and pupae, making it an irresistible temptation for discerning fish.

The Prince Nymph sometimes features a bead head, which helps it sink quickly to the desired depth, and a slender, elegant profile. Its key elements include peacock herl for the body, white and brown goose biots for the wings and tail, and a collar of brown hackle fibers.

This pattern’s adaptability and ability to mimic a wide range of aquatic insects make it a staple in every fly angler’s arsenal. It can be tied in various sizes and color variations to match specific hatches or imitate caddis, mayfly, stonefly, or even midge larvae. Whether drifted along the river bottom or swung in the current, the Prince Nymph consistently entices strikes and stands as a testament to the enduring craftsmanship of fly tiers and the fascination of fly fishing.


Mustad 3906B
6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed — Dark Brown
Goose Biot — Prince Nymph Brown
Goose Biot — White
Hen Hackle — Brown
Peacock Herl — Natural
Mylar Tinsel — Gold

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