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Fly Tying Redux: The Prince & The Pauper

Showed these two patterns long ago and came upon them again. The simple removal of the biot tail takes the classic Prince Nymph (an excellent fly) and creates, I think, an excellent pattern, The Pauper.


Fly Tying: Hidden Gems

Subdued Biots

I tied a bunch of these years ago. I found them beneath a pile of yellow Woolly Buggers in a box. I always looked at those yellow Buggers, but never selected one to fish. Tonight, I lifted the half dozen or so yellow flies to set them aside. Beneath them were a half dozen of these little gems. Hooks pitted. Flies long forgotten. 

What I like about this pattern is the peacock and the darker, tan biots (not the more traditional white biot wing/brown biot tail of a Prince Nymph). The furnace hackle palmered through the peacock body is a nice color contrast. Years ago there was, I recall, a pattern called the Simulator (not Stimulator) that was a worthy stillwater pattern. It was similar to the above except the hackle was trimmed shorter before the biot wing was tied in. It also had the more subdued biot wing and tail. Maybe this was some derivation of that? The fly was tied on a size 10 hook. 

It does pay now and then to really dig beneath some of those unused flies you carry year after year, but never use.


Fly Tying: Nymph (Biots Wing & Tail)

Nymph/Emerger w/ Biot Wing & Tail (SwittersB)

This is a variation of the Prince Nymph or Pupatator (no peacock herl body here). A size 14 hook (size 10-14 optimum) was used. I slid on a brass bead (pick your color). A matched pair of brown goose biots was tied in at tail with the dull side or curved side of the biot outward. This aids in obtaining a separated or flared tail. Next tie in a copper wire ribbing and pull it back out of the way over the tail. I twist dubbed a brown synthetic blend onto 8/0 maroon thread. The dubbing noodle is wound up the shank to build a tight, tapered body (abdomen & thorax). The copper wire ribbing was counter wrapped against the ‘grain’ of the dubbing (this allows the ribbing to not sink into the body material and not disappear). A partridge feather was tied in by the tip and wound twice and tied off/clipped. Two matched, white goose biots were placed atop the thorax area and secured with a semi tight thread wrap. I then manipulate the biots farther apart and then cinch down and continue to build up thread wraps behind the bead head. A whip finisher or hand finish is used to complete the fly.

I have since been told that this pattern is sometimes called a Royal Prince Nymph. Substitute red thread for maroon and a peacock thorax (herl or Ice Dub) to be more exact. The curved shank (my unfortunate habit/obsession) is another variation of the pattern compared to the traditional straight shank Prince Nymph.

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