Saturday, January 21, 2012

Fly Tying Frenchie

Your completed Frenchie

Here is a variation of a pheasant tail nymph. It excludes the thorax, thorax cover, legs. But, it incorporates a Coq De Leon tail, a hot spot, and a gold bead. The name Frenchie, or French Pheasant Tail Nymph, derives from the fact it has a hot spot. This fly is super simple but can be drastically improved by one simple thing, super glue. Now, your flies shouldn't be held together by glue, but when you use it like this, it will make your fly last until you lose it. So here is the recipe:

Hook-Standard Nymph hook
Bead-Gold tungsten matching bead
Thread-Brown 8/0 Hook and Hackle thread
Tail-Coq De Leon
Abdomen-Pheasant Tail Fibers, wrapped
Rib-Small copper wire
Hot Spot-Florescent colored thread. A plethora of colors can be used. I like using orange or red.
Click Read more for the Step-By-Step

Place your bead on your hook and your hook in your vise.

Start your thread.

Catch in your wire and wrap all the way back.

Tie in your CDL and tie it all the way up to behind the bead.

Wrap back and catch some PT fibers in at the tip.

Wrap back to behind the bead and put a dab of glue on the thread wraps.

Wrap your pheasant tail all the way up to snug behind the bead.

Tie it off and trim.

Counter rib the abdomen with your small copper wire.

Tie it off behind the bead and trim.

Whip finish the brown thread and trim it off.x

Start your hot spot thread.

Trim the tag end and take a wrap or two.

Whip finish the thread off, and put a little head cement on there.

Your completed Frenchie

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