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.
Tie in your tail fibers and wrap three quarters of the hook. Leave excess for wing case.
Tie in your ribbing along with your body material.
Wrap the body. Then reverse wrap your ribbing. Stopping at your wing case.
Tie in your peacock herl
Tie in and do three wraps of brown saddle.
Last step is to fold over the wing case material and tie off your excess. Whip finish and your done.
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.
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.