November Fly of the Month- The Frenchie

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The Frenchie is a simplified pheasant tail nymph pattern popularized by the French in competition fly fishing and one of the most popular flies used in European style nymphing techniques that have become popular here in the US. It can be tied on a number of different hooks, including jig hooks. The Frenchie is an excellent winter trout fly. It takes only a few minutes to put together with just a few materials. The Frenchie is designed with a very slim profile to minimize resistance in the water and allow the fly to sink quickly. This is why the Frenchie has no legs like the original pheasant tail nymph.

Tie up ten of your own version and bring them to the November Chapter meeting.


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Matthew Grobert is a lifelong resident of New Jersey. He has traveled the country extensively in search of trout and a better understanding of the rivers and their insects. He previously wrote the weekly NJ fly fishing column for the Star Ledger, "Beginners Corner" for the Northeastern Fly Fishing Guide, and has appeared in Fly Fisherman Magazine. Matt also authored the book Fly Fishing New Jersey Trout Streams. He is an expert fly tier and has been teaching all disciplines of fly-fishing for 25 years.

October Fly of the Month- The Pheasant Tail Nymph

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While there are no secret patterns that are guaranteed to catch fish every time you are on the water, the closest thing to it would be the Pheasant Tail Nymph. This generalist nymph pattern is close enough in color to a host of invertebrate species that - when fished in a number of sizes - can be used to effectively imitate almost any mayfly or stonefly nymph in the water. Ask Steve Widuta about his killer version. Tie up ten of your own version and bring them to the October 10th Chapter Meeting.