Pheasant Tail Nymph
Pheasant Tail Nymph Recipe
Hook - TMC 2488 - 12Tail:
Feather - Pheasant tail fibersAbdomen:
Feather - Pheasant tail fibersRib:
Wire - Uni wire - XSThorax:
Feather - Peacock HerlWing case:
Feather - Pheasant tail fibersThread:
Thread - Uni Thread - Brown - 6/0
Recipe ByJay VerHelst
About the Pheasant Tail Nymph
Still as good as it was back in the day and will continue to be in every trout guides box across the USA! Pheasant Tail Nymphs are a easy to tie yet super effective fly when nymphing. Tie them up in sizes 12-20 and you will be ready for most rivers. I often choose this fly when exploring new water and not seeing much activity on the waters surface and not wanting to disturb the river bottom yet to find out what food source is hanging out down below.
How to tie the Pheasant Tail Nymph
Step 1: Set Up
Insert hook into vise and start your thread base. Wrap thread back to the down angle of the hook bend.
Step 2: Tie in tail
Select 6-8 tail fibers off your Pheasant tail and tie them in so only a small amount is off the tips are off the back of the hook.
Step 3: Tie in rib material
Cut 1.5-2 inches of uni wire off the spool and tie it in with the same wraps used to tie in your pheasant tail. This will be used as your ribbing on the abdomen.
Step 4: Advance thread
Advance your thread with wraps just past the half way point of the hook shank.
Step 5: Build abdomen
Collect all the Pheasant tail fibers between your fingers and wrap them forward and tie them in where you ended your thread advancement.
Step 6: Ribbing
Wrap the Uni wire forward leaving space between wraps to create a rib and tie in the same place you tied in your pheasant tail fibers. Cut off excess wire but not the Pheasant tail fibers. You will need those for the wing case.
Step 7: Wing case
Lay the Pheasant tail fibers back flat against the hook shank and give 2 wraps of the thread to keep them in place.
Step 8: Thorax
Tie in 2-3 strands of Peacock herl from the base of the herl. The tips are very brittle so the bases are the best to tie with. Advance your thread to behind the hook eye.
Step 9: Thorax cont.
Wrap peacock herl forward with consecutive wraps and tie in behind the hook eye with a few thread wraps. Cut off excess Peacock herl.
Step 10: Wing case
Select all of the remaining Pheasant tail fibers and pinch them together and lay them on top of the Peackock herl. Tie them in with a few tight thread wraps.
Step 11: Legs
Divide the Pheasant tail tips in half and fold each down one side of the hook shank to create a “V” shape (Picture)
Step 12: Trim Legs
Trim Pheasant tail fibers you just folded back so they are just as long as the thorax
Step 13: Finish
Whip finish the fly behind the hook eye and cut off tag end of the thread. Cast to trout, enjoy!