How to tie a Pheasant Tail Nymph

This Pheasant Tail Nymph is tied small and works for every trout you cast at. Small mayfly nymphs are a staple in every trout's diet. I like to use this mayfly pattern throughout the year, but especially during the Blue Winged Olive hatch in the Spring and Fall.

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Materials list:


Step by Step...

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 Start with a small hook and thread

 Tie in a clump of pheasant for the tail

Add a stretch of copper wire for the rib of the fly

 Wrap the pheasant forward

Counter wrap the copper wire forward

Tie the wing case back

Add another clump of pheasant tail, tips forward for the legs and abdomen of the fly

Pull the wing case forward and divide the legs evenly

Whip finish and complete the fly!

Pheasant Tail Nymphs Rock!!!

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"How to tie a Pheasant Tail Nymph"
by Capt. Matt Thomas

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