Mega Prince

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  1. Big E

    Big E Moderator Staff Member

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    A variation of probably one of the top ten nymphs of all time, the Prince Nymph, originated by Doug Prince, features a larger size, beadhead, and rubber legs for steelhead nymphing.

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    Recipe:
    Hook: TMC 5263 #6
    Thread: Brown
    Tail: Brown Marabou
    Body: Peacock Herl overwrapped with Ultra Copper Wire Medium
    Legs: Soft Hackle
    Antenna: Olive/Green Flake Grizzly Crazy Legs
    Wings: White Goose Biots
    Head: Copper Bead 3/16


    Give the hook a little bend at the 2/3 point. When Stoneflies get dislodged from the river bed they'll kind of curl up a bit. This hump will represent that. Add your gold bead.
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    Add a small dubbing ball just behind the eye of the hook.
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    Add the crazy legs just behind the dubbing ball. The dubbing ball we added in the previous step will "prop up" the antenna. Clean up and tie off. Be sparse with your wraps as we need to get the bead head over this.
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    Push the bead head over the tie down and wedge the crazy legs between the bead and dubbing ball. Reattach your thread and dress the hook back to the barb.
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    Add lead to each side, along the hook. This will give the fly a wide, flat profile characteristic of stones. Go ahead and hit it with some superglue.
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    Add a short marabou tail and some more crazy legs.
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    Add your wire and about 8 strands of peacock herl tied in by the tips.
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    Twist a rope out of the herl and wrap a body. This may take a couple reloads dependent on how good / long your herl is. Remember to make the body taper wider towards the thorax.
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    Take two wraps of the wire under the tail to prop it up and then counterwrap the body.
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    Wrap in a soft hackle.
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    Tie in your goose biots. "X" them at the butt and fold over the tag end. This will lock them in place and help stop them coming out because they are so slippery. You can either tie them tips up or down. Here I've tied them tips up to make them a bit more visible.
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    Dub a small amount of ice dub to cover the wraps behind the bead. Whip finish and trim the crazy legs if needed.
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    Enjoy!
     
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  2. atomic dog

    atomic dog Jive Turkey

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    I dig it!

    I know nothing about steelhead fishing, is size 6 a pretty standard size for steelhead nymphs?
     

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