More on Purple

When water gets lower and the fish have seen oodles of flies, I try to throw nymphs that are a bit different.

As I’ve blogged before, the color blue works well in winter (post here). I also have been working with purple (prior post here). Purple Pheasant Tails can be deadly, for example.

Here is a new variant for our upcoming trip to fish the headwaters of the Connecticut River in Pittsburg, NH. It is a purple Frenchie.


Here is the materials list:

  • Hook: Orvis competition-style jig hook in size 10, 12 or 14
  • Bead: Tungsten, black
  • Tail: Coq de Leon
  • Thread: UTC, black, 8/0
  • Body: pheasant tail, purple
  • Ribbing: Krystal flash, light blue, counter-wrapped with 6x tippet
  • Thorax: UV ice dub, peacock
  • Thread collar: UTC, purple, 70 denier

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