This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Lance Egan’s Frenchie.
You might recognize other famous flies Lance Egan has created, including the Red Dart and Rainbow Warrior.
Lance would tell you he didn’t invent the Frenchie, but this is a spin-off of a competition style fly he developed during his first World Fly Fishing Championship in Portugal in 2006. In fly tying parlance, it’s called a “variant”.
Egan’s Frenchie is his favorite version of a Frenchie fly, a simplified Pheasant Tail nymph with hot-spots. He substitutes CDL for pheasant tail tail to create a more durable fly.
Lance Egan has won the US national fly-fishing championship several times and won medals at the world championships. I think I’d pay attention to any fly he created!
Perhaps you should as well!
Enjoy…stay home, stay safe.