Thought to have originated with the competition fly fishermen in France, the Frenchie is one of the many descendants of Frank Sawyer’s original Pheasant Tail. Competition angler Lance Egan popularized it in the states.
Hook: #12-18 nymph
Weight: Ten wraps of 0.015 weight
Bead: Tungsten, sized to match the hook
Thread: Hot orange or pink
Body and tail: Six pheasant tail fibers
Rib: Fine gold or copper wire
Hot spot: Tying thread
This book can be found in:
Morgan Lyle’s “Simple Flies,” 2015, amzn.to/3qB1zW1
Other popular books used here:
*** Other popular books used here: ***
Dave Hughes, “Essential Trout Flies,” 2017, amzn.to/3lbCZYX
David Klausmeyer’s “Favorite Flies,” 2020, amzn.to/3oeSNMa
Fly Pattern Encyclopedia: amzn.to/34U0rUe
Mike Valla’s “Tying the Founding Flies,” 2015, amzn.to/354oSir
Randal Scott Stetzer’s “Flies, the Best One Thousand,” 1992, amzn.to/34Q15mp
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