Prince Nymph
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This nymph, also known as the Brown Forked Tail, can be used in lakes or streams. It was originated by Doug Prince of Monterey, CA in 1941 for fishing has favorite stream, the Kings River. The above recipe is the actual original pattern described by Doug Prince. However, Skip Morris indicates in his book "The Art of Tying the Nymph", that Doug Prince actually used Black Ostrich Herl instead of Peacock Herl for his original pattern. The Peacock Herl is the better choice as the material provides a very attractive irridescence to the body and has proven to be an excellent body material on other flies, such as the Zug Bug. Usually the white turkey biots used for the wing are turned down. However, in the orginal pattern, the wings were turned upwards.

Often this fly is weighted using a beadhead and/or leadfree wire. When using a beadhead a 3XL nymph hook, such as the TMC 5263, can provide some extra room for the beadhead. A few wraps of Leadfree wire can also be used to fill the void of the bead. Substituting turkey biots with goose biots is also often done for the larger hook sizes. Keep in mind that the tail should be about half the shank length and the wings should extend from the head to the tail tie-in position. Both the tail and wing should have a narrow symmetrical angle in which the wing tips are just beyond the width of the body. When selecting the biots, note that the biots at the end of the quill tend to be narrower than those near the base of the quill. The narrower biots are often preferred for the tail materials while the wider biots are preferred for the wings. A hackle collar should not extend beyond the point of the hook. The hackle can be tied as a full collar behind the bead or eye of the hook or it can be tied as a beard to the underside of the shank just below the wing tie-in position.

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Hook:Tiemco 5263 or 5262, Size 8-18.
Thread:Black 8/0.
Body:Peacock Herl.
Weight:Brass or Tungsten to hook size (Lead wire may also be used).
Ribbing:Gold Oval Tinsel.
Tail:Brown Goose Biots.
Hackle:Brown Hen or Saddle Hackle.
Horns:White Goose Biots.

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