- Bead Head Prince
Lower River Pattern
||TMC 3769 size 14-18 (or any standard
||Brown 8/0 Uni-Thread
||2 Brown Goose Biots
||Optional Gray hackle fibers
||1/8 or 3/32 Gold Bead
||2 White Goose Biots
||Brown Partridge or Brown Hackle Fibers
- Slip the gold bead onto the hook and place the hook in the vise.
- Push the bead to the eye of the fly and tie in the thread just behind the bead.
- Wrap the thread back to the bend and build a small "bump" of thread
near the bend.
- Place the 2 brown biots side by side and tie in at the bend. Tension on the
thread combined with the bump should cause the biots to flare out slightly.
- Tie in 3-4 strands of peacock herl and the gold wire along the length of the hook
with the long ends hanging out the back.
- Make one wrap up the shank to just behind the bead.
- Wrap the peacock forward creating the body and then counterwrap forward with the
- Tie off the peacock and the wire and trim.
- Tie in the partridge or hackle fibers under the hook behind the bead. Place
a few wraps under the hackle to adjust the angle and flair of the legs.
- Place 2 white goose biots along the top of the hook (tips back) and tie them in.
They should be about the length of the hook shank.
- Trim the excess, whip finish, and cement carefully.
||You can try copper or silver beads and dubbed bodies for different
effects. However, I prefer the traditional pattern to others I've tried. This
pattern in a size 18 is a killer lower river pattern anywhere from the end of the quality
water down through the entire lower river. A lot of nice browns have fallen for this