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What's Jim Tying - Fancy Frenchie

What's Jim Tying - Fancy Frenchie

I 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


Step 1

Slide the bead on the hook and secure in your vise.


Step 2

Start your tying thread.


Step 3

Tie in your tinsel.


Step 4

Tie in a clump of pheasant tail for the tail.  A little less than half the hook shank in length. 


Step 5

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.


Step 6

Counter wrap your tinsel to create a rib.  3-4 open spiral wraps should do it.  Secure and trim. 


Step 7

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 8

Whip 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.


Jim Naitello




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Jim Natiello - March 31, 2022

Thanks everyone!
Doug the body is Pheasant Tail. It really isn’t bulky at all. I just use 3-5 fibers depending on the hook size. You can certainly use Peacock Herl if you like. Tie them both side by side and let me know what you think.

Chris Hannaby - March 31, 2022


Thanks for the instruction on what appears to be a fairly simple but effective pattern. Very much appreciated. More importantly, thank you for your service.


Doug Carver - March 31, 2022

Not understanding the body base. Isn’t that peacock hurl? Says Pheasant tail but that would be huge when wrapped?

Ed - March 31, 2022

You tie the same as I do simple flys that catch fish nothing fancy.

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