Jim's Fly Tying Blog: Fancy Frenchie
Posted on 30 March 2022
Fancy FrenchieI was tying up a batch of Sexy Walts and thought why not jazz up a Frenchie a little more. All that we’re doing here is replacing the wire rib with Veevus pearl tinsel. This fly has become a staple in my box and has caught fish everywhere. I am sure that I’m not the first person to do this, but just wanted to share a pattern that works well for me. This fly was tied using a Regal Revolution vise and the Dr. Slick Tyer Gift Set.
Materials Needed:Hook: Orvis Tactical Jig #14-16
Bead: 7/64 2.8mm Slotted Tungsten Bead Gold
Thread: Veevus 14/0 Tan
Tail: Ringneck Pheasant Tail
Rib: Veevus Pearl Tinsel Small
Abdomen: Ringneck Pheasant Tail
Collar: Ice Dub Golden Brown
Slide the bead on the hook and secure in your vise.
Start your tying thread.
Tie in your tinsel.
Tie in a clump of pheasant tail for the tail. A little less than half the hook shank in length.
Two ways to go here. Either use the PT fibers you used for the tail, or pull another 4-5 fibers off and tie them in. Wrap them forward leaving some space behind the bead for the collar.
Counter wrap your tinsel to create a rib. 3-4 open spiral wraps should do it. Secure and trim.
Create a thin noodle with the Ice Dub (less is more!). Make your collar with a few turns right to the back of the bead.
Step 8Whip finish and add a drop of head cement.
Thanks for looking at this month's fly pattern. My goal is to continue providing fairly simple patterns that don't require a lot of materials or time so you can get on the water and try them out. I tie flies for fishing not for fishermen and love to have easy patterns to fill my box! Please leave a comment below if you have questions, critiques, or suggestions.