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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pheasant Tail Nymph

The Pheasant Tail Nymph tied by YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog. Originally designed by fly tier Frank Sawyer, MBE and described in his 1958 book Nymphs and the Trout, the pheasant tail nymph (PTN) is used to represents a wide range of aquatic insect larvae and can even be used to imitate fish fry. I find this fly sinks like a rock and in small sizes can be very effective in the fall and early winter. Try a swing at the end of a dead drift or even a small cross stream strip can be very effective in attracting strikes from feeding trout. I can remember one day on the Norfork River in Mountain Home, AR when a downstream cast and a twitch of the rod or two would bring a trout to the net almost every cast. Try it sometime.

Light brown thread the entire hook length.

Tie in 6 long pheasant tail feather barbs,
leaving a tail the length of your hook curve.

Wrap down 2/3rds length of the hook. Snip, then add
6 more barbs w/ rachis (thick) ends toward the eye.

Wrap thickly at the thorax, then secure so ends slant
toward the tail. Tie off, apply head cement if desired,
and position wings (free ends) as desired.

Now snip wings to desired length.
Wings are shown up here. Another popular position is
wings out and to the side.
This is a very effective Idaho fly fishing fly. Try it out and remember fish this fly however you want. You may discover a new, very effective technique. If you do email me YellowStonefly at this Idaho Fly Fishtes Blog and I will publish your thoughts here or simply join this blog (top right-hand column) and place your ideas yourself. Tight, shaking lines to you all and come fly fish Idaho soon.
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