How to Tie: Roza’s French Bomb

In this week’s “How to Tie” video feature, Fly Fish Food gives us a great tutorial on how to tie the Roza’s French Bomb.

Learn About This Fly:

Difficulty: Intermediate

Designed by competition angler Lubos Roza’s, the French Bomb was meant to get down in a hurry without taking up a lot of mass. You may look at this fly and think it looks awfully similar to the famous Frenchie pattern by Lance Egan. You would be correct in thinking so. The French Bomb is basically the Frenchie with a twist.

Roza’s designed this fly using the common jig style hook while adding a tungsten body as oppose to the common slotted bead. This is the money maker with this fly. The tungsten body provides more weight while maintaining the same sleek profile euro nymphs are known for. Keep in mind, tungsten bodies can be tricky to work with and so super glue will become your best friend.

This is a fantastic fly for newer fly tyers looking for a simple and effective challenge. The beauty with this fly is that there is plenty of room for originality. Be creative with this one by mixing up dubbing colors or using different materials. If it has a natural enough look, it will resemble most nymphs lurking in lower water columns. If the tungsten bodies just aren’t your cup of tea, try using lead free wire to add weight along with your slotted tungsten bead. Sometimes the most simple things can be the most fun.


  • Hook: Umpqua XC400BL-BN – 14
  • Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier – Black
  • Bead: Fulling Mill Tungsten Jig Back – 3.5mm – Silver
  • Tail: Strung Chinese Saddle Hackle – Black
  • Body: Ice Dub – Peacock
  • Hot Spot: Ice Dub – Fl. Shell Pink

Now you know how to tie Roza’s French Bomb.

Video and Ingredients courtesy of Fly Fish Food.

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