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Pheasant Tail

Frank Sawyer must have never imagined that this simple nymph, perfected in the River Avon, would become a classic that is included in every angler’s fly box. Sawyer wanted a nymph that made an attractive sound when reaching the water, which sunk easily and had a good silhouette for trout. He was t View more...
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Pheasant Tail
List of materials
MATERIALSHook: Mustad Signature 3906B, Partridge SH2, Kamasan 175, Daiichi 1560 or similar.Thread: 8/0 color rust brown.Tail: rooster fibers, coachman brown or rusty brown color.Ribbing: Gold or copper wire.Abdomen: pheasant tail fibers from the collar.Thorax: peacock fiber. From the tail feather with the eye on.Wingcase and legs: pheasant tail fibers from the collar.

Step 1

Take a rooster neck feather (coachman brown or rusty brown color), select an even bundle of fibers and tie them as shown in the picture. The rooster fibers last longer than the pheasant ones, they last as long as the fly without loosening.

Fly tying - Pheasant Tail - Step 1

Step 2

Go back towards the front with the thread as you tie the gold/copper wire making sure it remains on the opposite side of the tier.

Fly tying - Pheasant Tail - Step 2

Step 3

Going to the back with the thread, tie between 6 and 8 fibers of collar pheasant tail to shape the abdomen. Only enough fibers to cover the hook are needed, the abdomen must be thin. Make 2 tight turns with the wire and let it hang.Carefully wrap the fibers towards the back (clockwise) until you reach the 2 turns of wire. There, hold the pheasant fibers up with one hand, and with the other one tie half a turn with the wire (clockwise). Then, continue with the wire towards the front, tie it with View more...

Fly tying - Pheasant Tail - Step 3

Step 4

Pheasant fibers are tied to the back and the wire towards the front, so an X shape is formed when these two cross. Trim the remains of fibers.

Fly tying - Pheasant Tail - Step 4

Step 5

Tie the peacock fiber. The right side of the feather is better because the fiber will be wrapped to-wards the back, the inclination of the fibers is best this way. Use the central part of the fiber, its denser and more iridescent. I tend to dye the peacock on magenta so it looks like bronze. If we have good peacock feathers and expose them to the sun, these will turn bronze too. It’s a superior color for this fly. View more...

Fly tying - Pheasant Tail - Step 5

Step 6

Tie the peacock fiber (clockwise) up to the abdomen with tight turns, but without pressing the fibers. Then tie the wire up to the head and get it together with the thread. The wire reinforces the abdomen and thorax, adding a spark in the abdomen but hiding the thorax, that’s ideal. Trim sharply.

Fly tying - Pheasant Tail - Step 6

Step 7

Comb the fibers to the sides and lower the wingcase tying it firmly at the front, without tying on the hook eye.Split the pheasant fibers in two equal bundles,tie one at each side of the wingcase, pointing slightly downwards. Legs shouldnot be too long, it ruins the way the fly swims and makes the sinking worst. Thehooks I use are enough weight for it to sink naturally.

Fly tying - Pheasant Tail - Step 7

Step 8

The finished Pheasant Tail.

Fly tying - Pheasant Tail - Step 8

Step 9

The finished Pheasant Tail.

Fly tying - Pheasant Tail - Step 9


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