Pheasant Tail Nymph

Pheasant Tail Nymph Recipe:

Pheasant Tail NymphHook: 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


Fly Tying The Pheasant Tail Video:

Tying The Pheasant Tail

Tying The Pheasant Tail Step 1 of 12

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.

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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.

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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.

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Wrap the pheasant tail fibers forward to the starting point and tie them off on the top of the hook.

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Spiral wrap the wire forward over the abdomen to the starting point, Tie off and clip the wire.

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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.

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Tie in a small bunch of peacock herl behind the eye and wrap back over it to the base of the wingcase.

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Wrap the peacock forward to just behind the eye. Tie off and trim the herl.

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Fold the pheasant tail fibers forward over the peacock thorax and tie them down behind the eye.

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Pull one strand of pheasant tail back on the each side of the hook and bind them in place with two turns of thread.

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Break off the remaining two strands of pheasant tail, build a smooth head over the butt end and whip finish the thread.

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Clip the legs so they are just a touch longer than the wingcase.

Finished Pheasant Tail

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