How to Tie the Psycho Prince Nymph Fly
Learn how to tie the Psycho Prince Nymph pattern including step-by-step instructions, a video tutorial, pictures, and much more. Improve your fly tying skills here.
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Picking up where the Prince Nymph left off, the Psycho Prince brings an extra dose of flash to this effective nymph. One of those bugs that you can tie in a ton of different colors, all of which can be effective, the Psycho Prince Nymph is an excellent attractor pattern whether you are after wild brookies, stocked fish, or some fresh steelhead. Summer, fall, winter, and spring, the Psycho Prince Nymph is a pattern that is effective every day of the year.
- Hook: Ahrex FW561 - Size 12 Bead: 1/8in.
- Bead: Cyclops Bead - Gold
- Thread: UNI-Thread (color: Tan; Size: 8/0)
- Tail: Goose Biots (color: Prince Nymph Brown)
- Body: UV Ice Dub
- Ribbing: Copper Wire (size: small)
- Wing: Ice Fur (color: tan)
- Legs: Goose Biots (color: white)
- Thorax: UV Ice Dub (color: UV Black)
Start the pattern by placing the bead below the hook's eye. Next, add bulk to the fly by winding the thread from the bead to the shank's bend. The added weight will help get the Psycho Prince down.
Before creating the tail, add a pinch of UV Ice Dubbing to the thread and make a few wraps along the shank's curve.
For the tail, clip two white goose biot feathers off the stem, and tie them on top of the dubbing. Run the thread along the shank multiple times for added durability.
Adding ribbing helps give the illusion of insect segmentation. Tie the copper wire at the tail and make several wraps along the shank. For the time being, leave the excess material.
Turkey feathers help make up the body section. Stack ten quills on top of the shank with the dull side facing up. Secure the fibers with a half-hitch at their tip section. Next, apply the ice dubbing to the thread, and advance to the thorax section. Wrap the turkey tail up the shank and clip the excess fibers.
Going back to the copper wire, run it along the shank for added security. Be sure to leave small gaps between each wraps to enhance the fly's segmentation.
Like the classic Prince, the Pyscho Prince uses white goose biots for the legs. Tie the first one on the side furthest from you, near where the tail starts. Then, repeat this step on the side closest to you.
For a short wing section, take a small pinch of ice fur and secure the fibers below the eye.
The final step involves using ice dubbing to enhance the abdomen section. Apply a small pinch to the thread and make smooth wraps along the shank. Finish the pattern by tying a half-hitch, followed by a whip-finish below the eye.