Due to my schedule I have not been able to get out and wet a line as often as I want. Considering my predicament, I decided it was time to tie some flies so I am ready for next week. The waters are clearing up so dry flies will be on the line soon. Until then I am still running nymphs. One of my favorite is my own take on a Pheasant Tail Nymph. Easy to tie, very versatile in most waters and for most fish. The Pheasant Tail imitates a variety of aquatic insects.

I also use this fly as a searching pattern. A dry dropper combination can be deadly for hungry fish. I tie, and fish them in sizes 18, 16, and 14. On rare occasions I have even used them to mimic a small stone fly. My favorite way is to throw a bead on the front. It gives the fly some weight and a bit of a flash. I have also used the same pattern in black and olive. Below are the steps I take in tying mine.

Materials needed: Preferred hook, pheasant tail, ribbing material, brown saddle hackle and peacock herl.

I can give you step by step instructions, however pictures speak louder than words. 20170616_180248

Tie in your tail fibers and wrap three quarters of the hook. Leave excess for wing case.

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Tie in your ribbing along with your body material. 20170616_18045120170616_180526

Wrap the body. Then reverse wrap your ribbing. Stopping at your wing case.20170616_18092220170616_180923

Tie in your peacock herl20170616_181037

Tie in and do three wraps of brown saddle. 20170616_181147

Last step is to fold over the wing case material and tie off your excess. Whip finish and your done. 20170616_181305

The couple things I do different is I use a brown saddle hackle for the leg and wing. Otherwise it is the same as every other pattern.

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Hope this helps some of you. Let me know how yours turn out. Or if you have improvements I would love to hear from you.

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