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Fly Tying Night – Frenchies and Rainbow Warriors

January 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Another fly tying event is planned for Jan 6th at 6PM. We will be
tying the Frenchie and Rainbow Warrior. These are both very effective
flies that can be used all season. 

Zoom Link: To be announced on cwftalk.

If you need materials for these flies let me know. The club owns a lot
of fly tying material that has been donated to the club. For $7.00 to
cover shipping the materials I’ll mail you materials for the flies.
While they may not be exactly what is listed they are similar so will
provide the same “fly profile” and give you the practice needed to tie
the fly. Call or e-mail me and we can make arrangements for payment
and to mail the materials.

Here’s the interesting background and information on these flies:

Our CWF tying in January will be the Frenchie. We are sending you the
information now so that you will have time to gather the materials.
The Frenchie was first used by the French team in competition fly
fishing. It is another Euro nymphing fly that is nothing more than a
heavily weighted pheasant tail fly with a hot spot of thread. The
Frenchie is tied in hook sizes from 10 to 18. The smaller sizes (14,
16, 18) are best for Colorado waters, but if you are a “newbie” to fly
tying you can build your skills tying the pattern on a larger hook
(10, 12). The pattern is a heavy fly, with both a tungsten bead and
additional wraps of wire that help it to sink to where the bigger
trout hang out. You will need to match the size of your bead to the
size of your hook. As your hook gets smaller, so must your bead. There
are many different variations of the Frenchie (Orvis, Tim Flagler,
George Daniel, Lance Egan, etc.) You can create your own variation by
changing the color of the thread for the hot spot, the color of the
bead, or the color of the thorax.

Note: To protect the fish and environment we recommend using barbless
hooks and lead-free wire. Barbless hooks help the fish survive when
released. You can crimp the hook before tying, but barbless hooks are
already forged without the hook. They are more expensive, but worth
the price of not breaking a hook when you are trying to land a big
fish. Lead-free wire is also more expensive than leaded wire, but
better for the environment and not contaminating our waters or killing
birds of prey. (They get lead poisoning from eating fish with leaded

“Coq de Leon” is the standard used as tail material in Euro nymphing.
It is also more expensive than pheasant tail. “Coq de Leon” translates
as “Rooster of Leon” and is genetically from the original rooster of
the town of Leon, Spain dating back to 1624. The feathers have unique
speckling which makes it look more like an insect. Coq de Leon comes
in different colored speckles with Pardo (brown) being the most

FRENCHIE NYMPH (Orvis pattern)
Hook:  Dai-Riki #60, size 14
Bead:  Gold tungsten bead, 7/64-inch (or sized to match your hook)
Weight:  .015 lead-free round wire
Adhesive: Zap-A-Gap (or superglue gel)
Thread: Fluorescent pink, 70 denier or 8/0
Tail: Coq de Leon
Rib: Gold ultra wire, brassie size
Abdomen: Pheasant tail
Thorax:  UV Pink Ice Dub

Other hooks you can use include:
Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook
Umpqua C200BL or Umpqua C450BL
Partridge wide Gape Jig (SLJ)
Gamakatsu J20-B
Firehole 516

Other color combinations include:
Ice Dub-UV Shrimp Pink (with red thread)Ice Dub- Fl Orange (with red thread)
Or…colored pheasant tail for the abdomen

If there is time we can tie the Rainbow Warrior. This is a very
similar fly, adding a “wing casing” on top of the fly. Another very
effective fly to us in Colorado

Any questions feel free to call,

Mary Manka
President, Colorado Women Flyfishers
303 829 0406


January 6
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Category:


CO United States