I don’t mean to sound surprised, but this last year the Prince Kohler has flat out kicked butt. You might have the inclination to say, well yeah, it’s a knock off variation of a classic, why wouldn’t it produce fish? You’d be right by saying so, and certainly not disappointed by this particular variant. The flashy olive ice dub collar is probably the ticket most days, and I also love the silver rib and silver bead combination on this fly. I’ve found myself fishing this nymph more and more, especially when my other go-to patterns are not quite producing fish like I expect them too.
Last Saturday I only had a couple hours to hit up one of my local rivers. Due to my time constraint I stuck in town and fished a stretch close to home. Every time I’ve fished this stretch of water I’ve found that Prince Nymphs, and Prince Nymph variations out fish most other patterns. Such was the case during my short trip to the river that day. With water temps in the upper thirty’s, and no other fishermen around I was able to surprise myself by the number of fish I was able to catch in such a short amount of time. Needless to say I owe a lot of my success to the Prince Kohler.
Derek and I often joke/debate as to which Prince Nymph variation is number one. I’m still holding strong to my Black Jack (as do most who have actually given it a shot, unlike Derek:-), but the Prince Kohler, much like its shinny tungsten bead has now taken the silver in this category, which truly is a compliment due to the vast variations which do exist. Of course that is only my opinion, but one fact is I wont be hitting the water anytime soon without at least a few Prince Kohler’s in my box. Good tying everyone, and tight lines!
Here is another simple, yet effective pattern. This is a peeking caddis tungsten nymph. I started fishing this pattern just over a year ago and it has been a great producer. The more I have been fishing with jig hook nymphs, the more I have been liking them. Since they ride hook point up, you can add more weight without the worry of snagging on the bottom. Without the worry of snagging the bottom, you can really go deep with these types of nymphs while fishing the European nymphing techniques.
I originally tied this pattern up to help me imitate some mothers day caddis hatches. This fly really works in the springtime and is a go to pattern that time of year, but I have also been using this fly as a general attractor nymph. I have since bought some pearl core braid in other bright colors that include orange and pink, and plan to fish these colors in the upcoming winter.
Get out and fish these flies! TIGHT LINES!
Hook: Jig style nymph size 14
Bead: Slotted Tungsten size 2.7-3.5mm
Body: Blend of SLF squirrel dubbing(natural, brown, black, and olive)
Legs: CDC in dubbing loop
Peeking caddis: Pearl core braid in chartreuse ( also use pink, yellow, orange, and tan)
One of the year’s best hatches is right around the corner in the form of millions of tiny Baetis mayflies, better known as Blue Winged Olives (BWO). If you’re not familiar with this hatch, it occurs around the change of season each spring and fall. In the spring it is very obvious that trout have been waiting for the massive amount of food that accompanies the first heavy mayfly hatch of each year. Right now, the first day of March, is the perfect time to look at some pre-hatch options to fish while waiting for this hatch to occur. This past year I was introduced to my newest go-to BWO nymph- Camden’s Baetis.
Camden’s Baetis was designed by a fellow Provo River Guide by the name of Ryan Newman. The Lower Provo is a great fishery that sees a lot of angling pressure. His successful attempt at fooling these fish resulted in this great innovative fly pattern. This nymph has been an instant success on all rivers I fish where small mayfly nymphs occur. For example, tailwaters not only have great BWO hatches in the spring and fall, but these tiny mayflies abound in the nymphal stage year round. They live as subsurface nymphs, swimming around the stream bottom, and trout gobble them up most of the year. For this reason, on almost any given day while fishing tailwaters, one can tie on Camden’s Baetis and expect to get some attention from the trout.
How to Fish Camden’s Baetis- Much like a zebra midge, Camden’s Baetis catches fish even in the dead of summer. Suspended under an indicator with splitshot to get it to the stream bottom has produced the best results for me. It has the perfect mayfly profile, and can be bought through Orvis, or tied in black, brown, or olive. Small sizes (18-20) have yielded great success. Another great way to fish this pattern is as a dropper behind a BWO dry fly. This nymph is tied with a glass bead and doesn’t have much weight to it. It will ride just below the surface film, not dragging your dry fly under, and trout are usually more prone to taking a subsurface offering (emergers and nymphs) even when great hatches occur.
How to Tie Camden’s Baetis- Ryan has put together a great instructional video on tying Camden’s Baetis. It is a simple pattern, like most you will find n our site, and it catches fish like crazy. Beginners and experts alike can tie up a dozen in no time. Just remember, with BWO nymphs, often times the smaller the better. Remember, as stated above, if you don’t tie Camden’s Baetis is also available to buy through Orvis here CAMDEN’S BAETIS.