The Frenchie is the quintessential “Euro nymph.” The go-to nymph for competitive anglers and guides alike. It’s won international competitions and saved the day for countless anglers. The generic mayfly profile, tungsten bead head and contrasting hot spots give it the edge over many traditional pheasant tail style nymphs. Dave McKenna designed the Guide Flies signature Frenchie with a few details that set ours apart from the generic versions.
Guide Flies Signature Design Makes the difference
- Dave McKenna substituted the standard “Ice Dub” for a the buggier, more visible Semerfli UV Orange Straggle String.
- The Umpqua Radiant Gold slotted tungsten bead head sink faster and remain bright and shiny after many fish and repeated poundings on the bottom.
- Semperfli’s Light Gold Wire adds a distinct segmentation that beats standard gold or copper wire.
- Premium Coq De Leon tail fibers and an Umpqua Competition Barbless Jig hook make this the essential Frenchie variant for every nymph box.
Meet the Guanaja Fly Tyers Guild. They are the primary supplier and designers for Guide Flies and the inspiration to pass on the art of fly tying to this incredibleisland community.
It started by recognizing the natural fly tying talent that existed in the community of Guanaja. The guides and family members of the Fly Fish Guanaja staff had learned the basics of fly tying and made creative flies for technical permit and bonefish that were not easily fooled.
Over the the last three years they have worked hard to perfect their craft. What began as an experiment in the beach front cabana, has turned into one of the greatest small business opportunities for the Island of Guanaja.
The team of fly tyers that make the Guanaja Fly Tyers Guild is instructed and led by Dave McKenna. They work daily to make the custom tied flies you can purchase through our website. They are self managed and work with an entrepreneurial approach to their business of fly tying.
Through the challenges of passing hurricanes and the Covid-19 pandemic, they have persevered and worked with pride to make the flies we offer here.
We all thank you sincerely for the support and orders that have helped bring the entire team through the hardest parts of the past year. We are very excited to share our newest flies and designs with you!