Pheasant Tail Nymph
Hook: TMC 100SP-Bl #14-20
Thread: 8/0 Rusty Brown
Rib: Fine Copper Wire
Tail, abdomen, wingcase, legs: Natural Pheasant Tail Fibers
Thorax: Peacock Herl
Pheasant Tail Nymph Step 2
Even the tips of four pheasant tail fibers and tie them in with one wrap of thread at the bend of the hook. The tails should be about 2/3rds of a shank length long.
Pheasant Tail Nymph Step 1
Start the thread at the 70 % point and tie in a piece of fine copper wire. Wrap back over the wire to the bend of the hook.
Pheasant Tail Nymph Step 3
Lift the butt ends of the pheasant tail fibers up and out of the way while you wrap the thread forward to the 70% point, forming a tapered underbody.
Pheasant Tail Nymph Step 4
Wrap the pheasant tail fibers forward to the starting point and tie them off on the top of the hook.
Pheasant Tail Nymph Step 5
Spiral wrap the wire forward over the abdomen to the starting point, Tie off and clip the wire.
Pheasant Tail Nymph Step 6
Fold the butt ends of the pheasant tail fibers back over the front of the abdomen and tie them down so they overlap back to the sixty percent point.
Pheasant Tail Nymph Step 7
Tie in a small bunch of peacock herl behind the eye and wrap back over it to the base of the wingcase.
Pheasant Tail Nymph Step 8
Wrap the peacock forward to just behind the eye. Tie off and trim the herl.
Pheasant Tail Nymph Step 9
Fold the pheasant tail fibers forward over the peacock thorax and tie them down behind the eye.
Pheasant Tail Nymph Step 10
Pull one strand of pheasant tail back on the each side of the hook and bind them in place with two turns of thread.
Pheasant Tail Nymph Step 11
Break off the remaining two strands of pheasant tail, build a smooth head over the butt end and whip finish the thread.