Pheasant Tail

Pheasant Tail

Pheasant Tail

Recipe: 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

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.

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.

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.

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

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.

Step 7

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

Step 8

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

Step 9

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

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.

Step 11

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

Step 12

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

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