The World's Number 1 Fly Fishing Destination



The Secrets of The Prince Nymph


Gene Macri

You may use these articles. You can store them. You can read them. You may not change, republish, sell or redistribute these articles in anyway for any monetary gain. You may not add them to your collection and sell them etc. These articles are copyrighted and we will strictly enforce the copyright.

© 2017  E. P. Macri Jr.

The Prince Nymph is one of the fly patterns that seems to go in and out of The Prince Nymph by Gene Macrivogue with fly anglers.  One of the reasons for this is the fact that most fly anglers, websites and magazines will tell you that this is basically an attractor pattern. Yes, it's very popular but that doesn't mean fly anglers use it correctly or use it enough. Part of this stems from the idea that it's only an attractor pattern. Another problem is that there are about 22 trillion new magic flies in fly fishing every year that are the latest hot fly (well it seems like this many new patterns; may be it's only 12 trillion).


What most fly anglers don't understand is that depending upon the size, the weight and how it's tied the Prince Nymph can actually be used in a number of ways and used in an number of different methods.  Here's a list of all the ways I use the fly.  Compare it to how you use it.


  • In larger sizes such 6, 8 or 10 the Prince Nymph is a decent enough Stonefly imitation.  This is especially true if stonefly nymphs are crawling to the rocks to the shore prior to emergence.  The nymph works great with a rod tip motion and a hand retrieve
  • In larger sizes such as 6,8, or 10 the Prince Nymph works very well as a streamer.  Because of the white on the top versus the darker peacock herl with tinsel it's a very good general minnow imitation.  Fish it upstream bringing it back and you'll get some surprises.
  • It's an excellent pattern for dredging trout off the bottom when tied as bead head in larger sizes too,  especially in the spring.
  • Put some floatant on a size 14 or 16 and fish it in the film for a number of emerging mayflies and you may catch as many trout on it as your exact imitation.
  • As many fly anglers know it works good on a dropper at any place from the top to the bottom
  • A very small bead head imitation sizes 16 and 18 work very well (if you tie them thin) for Blue Winged Olive Nymphs (Baetis) especially on spring creeks.
  • It also makes a great general caddis imitation especially if you cut the tail off!

So there are a few more ways you can use the Prince Nymph.  I hope you explore them because it's really good fly and it's much more than an attractor. The basic fly pattern is below:

  • Hook:  2XL (3XL a beadhead)
    Thread: 6/0 Black
    Weight: You may use lead or copper wire to get it down for sunken patterns
    Tail: Goose Biots, Brown
    Body: Peacock Herl; you may wish to reverse wrap fine copper wire to make the Peacock last longer. This will help some
    Rib: Oval Tinsel, Gold
    Hackle: Hen Neck, Brown
    Wing: Goose Biots, White





Late August to Late September

Limestone Stream Report and Pod Casts 
Just Click To Get The Latest Info


Note: You Must Have Latest Adobe Flash Player for the Podcasts.

Falling Spring Run


Letort Spring Run


Yellow Breeches


Big Spring

  Green Spring


 Eastern USA Freestone Stream Report




 All Money Goes For Stream Research and Pro Bono Work



Free Fly Fishing Tips, Newsletters and Journals
Just send us your email and you'll receive our free fly fishing tips, newsletters and journals. We will not spam you or sell your name.

   Domain Names for Sale


• Home
• A Look At Bamboo Rod Tapers
• Muddler Minnow and Black Ghost
• The Secret to Buying Flies
• How To buy From Sierra Trading Post and Get the Best Deal
• Wild Trout: Do Fly Fishermen Really Want Them?
• How to Use Weight in Fly Fishing
• Outdoor and Underwater Cameras for Fly Fishing
• Bath County Virginia Property for Sale Brook Trout Steam
• Montana Grayling Final Push for ESA Listing by George Wuerthner
• Spinner Fishing: The Imago Stage and Lack Of It on Eastern Trout Streams
• The Light Cahill: Stenacron and Stenonema
• How to Protect Your Fly Line
• Modern Fly Lines for Fly Fishing
• How To Attach A Leader to a Fly Line Loop
• Why Fly Anglers Buy The Wrong Fly Rods
• Winter Fly Fishing: Methods, Techniques and Patterns
• Terrestrials for Late Summer and Fall Fishing
• Brown Trout and Summer and Fall Rains
• Ed Shenk's The Letort Hopper
• Booking for Private Fly Fishing and Spring Creek Fishing for the Fall
• The Hare's Ear G.R. Wet Fly: Why You Should Have It in Your Fly Box
• Fly Fishing Debauchery
• Catching Big Trout
• Montana Stream Access: Trout Rustling in Montana
• Fly Size For Summer Trout Fishing
• Yellowstone River Hit by Oil from Broken Pipeline
• Fly Fishing Hatches Where Are They In 2016
• Fly Fishing Radio And Podcasts
• Fish Farming and Aquaculture
• Sustainable Living Library
• Steelhead Fishing And Patterns for Eastern Streams
• Wild Brook Trout Booking Reservations for thisYear
• Free Download Page
• Conewago Fly Fisherman
• Conewago Creek Present Conditions
• Conewago Fly Fishers Host Healing Waters
• Conewago Fly Hatches: Early Season
• Conewago Fly Fisher's Newsletter
• Conewago Fly Fishers: Shad Fishing Notes
• Tips For Successful Early Season Fly Fishing
• Fly Patterns: Why Trout Hit Them
• Tips For Successful Early Season Fly Fishing: Part 2
• Early Season Killer Wet Fly Patterns
• Wet Flies For Trout: The Ones You Should Always Carry
• The Wet Fly
• Best Wet Fly Patterns
• Deadly Dozen Dry Flies
• The Prince Nymph by Gene Macri
• The One Fly Method for Late Summer and Early Fall Trout Fishing
• Secrets to Late Summer Trout Fly Fishing
• Fly Fishing Methods: Using the Best Strategies
• Fly Boxes: The Best Fly Box for One Dollar
• Fishing Big Spring by Ron Krista
• Streamers Fishing: Winter Patterns and Techniques
• Trout Hitting A Variety of Patterns this time of Year
• One Hundred Dollar Fly Lines: Are They Worth It.
• Fly Fishing and Guides
• Trophy Fish Smaller Than Years Ago
• Fly Fishing Reels
• Fly Fishing Rods
• Fly Fishing Flies
• Why Most Fly Fishermen Don't Catch More Fish
• Fly Fisher's Free Screensavers
• The Truth About Fly Fishing Guiding And Instruction
• Charlie Fox
• Charlie Fox Page 2
• Stream Entomology
• Gary Borger Interview Part 1
• The Poacher's Rule
• Fly Fishing Small Streams with Charlie Meck
• Fly Fishing Hatch Chart For Small Streams
• Ernie Schwiebert: In Memoriam
• Autumn Mayfly and Caddis Hatches
• The Traveling Fly Fisherman
• Big Spring Stream Surveys
• Stream Temperatures and Trout
• Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Spring Creeks: Guiding and Instruction
• Fly Fishing: Spring Creek Fly Box
• Fly Fishing Pennsylvania Freestone Streams Autumn Fly Selection
• Fly Fishing: Dry Flies: The Adams
• Fly Fishing: Fur Ants
• Fly Line Cleaning
• Fly Fishing Spring Creek Tackle
• Fly Fishing Midges and Small Flies
• About Fly
• Contact Fly
• Resources
• Privacy
• Site Map