by Don Fine
This coming month’s Beginner’s Fly Tying session will be held on Monday, April 16, at 7:00 PM in room 207 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 703 West Patrick Street.
The pattern chosen for that evening will be the “Prince Nymph”, first designed by Doug Prince. Randall Kaufman (world renowned fly tier and author of several classic books on fly tying), credits Doug Prince as being the original “biot man”. That is, Doug incorporated goose biots to represent antennae or tails on his unique fly patterns.
I was first introduced to the Prince Nymph back in the 1990s when fishing the Yellowstone and Flathead Rivers in Montana. The Prince Nymph produced over and over for me then, and thereafter when I was fishing locally for trout. I regularly carry a selection of Prince Nymphs and consider them as one of the more productive patterns for trout, especially when I am fishing riffle sections of freestone streams.