Bead Head Prince
Bead Head Prince
Lower River Pattern
Hook: TMC 3769 size 14-18 (or any standard nymph hook)
Thread: Brown 8/0 Uni-Thread
Tail: 2 Brown Goose Biots
Body: Peacock Herl
Tail: Optional Gray hackle fibers
Head/Thorax: 1/8 or 3/32 Gold Bead
Wingcase: 2 White Goose Biots
Legs: Brown Partridge or Brown Hackle Fibers
  1. Slip the gold bead onto the hook and place the hook in the vise.
  2. Push the bead to the eye of the fly and tie in the thread just behind the bead.
  3. Wrap the thread back to the bend and build a small "bump" of thread near the bend.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Make one wrap up the shank to just behind the bead.
  7. Wrap the peacock forward creating the body and then counterwrap forward with the wire.
  8. Tie off the peacock and the wire and trim.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Trim the excess, whip finish, and cement carefully.
Variations & Comments: 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 offering.