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Author: Rafe Nielsen
This relatively easily tied nymph imitates a variety of insects.
|No fly-fisherman should be without several Pheasant tails in their fly box. One of the most effective and universal flies, the pheasant tail imitates most caddis and mayfly nymphs, as well as additional insect life. The Pheasant tail can be tied with a variety of modifications which makes it as versatile as the waters you fish. A popular modification is to add a small gold or tungsten bead head at the beginning and then tie as normal. The bead head offers a bit more weight and creates a small jigging motion as it moves through the water. Gold or copper wire can be added for ribbing and a variety of neutral colors of dubbing can replace the peacock herl thorax. I like to tie in brown soft hackle instead of a wingcase and fish it as an emerger or wet fly. When all else has failed the pheasant tail has always produced fish for me on the Henry's Fork and Yellowstone's Blue Ribbon waters.|
Tying Difficulty (5 being the hardest 1 being the easiest): 3
Thread: Brown, tan or black
Tail: Pheasant tail fibers
Body: Wrapped pheasant tail fibers
Thorax: Peacock herl
Wingcase: Pheasant tail fibers
Legs: Pheasant tail fibers
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