Fly of the Month - May, 2019
Red Pheasant Tail Nymph
A very successful variation of the Pheasant Tail Nymph.
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|Hook:||Tiemco 200R Sz 20-12 or equivalent nymph hook.
|Body:||Pheasant tail Fibers.
|Weight (Optional):||Copper Tungsten or clear glass bead sized to hook.
|Tail:||Pheasant Tail fibers.
|Wing Case:||Pearl Mylar.
|Legs:||Dark Red or Brown Indian Hen Hackle.
|Ribbing:||Red Wire sized to hook.
Fish the stonefly under an indicator on the bottom or near the bottom.
- Debarb the hook and slide the bead onto the hook. (Optional)
- Mount the hook in the vise and start the thread behind the bead or one eye length behind the eye. Lay a base of thread on the shank to just above the barb.
- select three or four pheasant tail fibers to form the tail. The tail is secured above the barb on the shank and is equal to the shank in length.
- Return the thread to behind the bead. Select a piece of red wire and secure it to the shank to a point on the shank above the barb.
- Select three or four pheasant tail fibers and secure them to the shank starting above the barb to the bead.
- Wind he pheasant tail fibers forward with the first wrap behind the wire and then in front of the wire to about two-thirds of the shank. The forward one-third of the shank will be the thorax.
- Secure the pearl mylar wing case to the shank covering the thorax area.
- Select a strand or two or three of peacock herl and secure it to the shank in the thorax area. Make several wraps of the peacock herl to form the thorax, secure the herl and tie it off with the tying head. Cut the excess.
- Select a hen hackle feather for the legs. Cut the stem of the feather to form a "V" in the feather. Strip back the barbules below the "V" so that 6-8 barbules remain on each side of the stem.
- With the "V" pointing towards the rear of the hook, secure the stem behind the bead with two or three soft wraps. Be sure that the barbules are extend on both sides of the shank.
- Pull the mylar wing case forward to split the barbules (in the middle of the "V"). Again, make two soft wraps over the mylar behind the bed.
- Pull the stem of the hen hackle forward to the desired length for the legs - usually 3/4 shank length.
- Make tight wraps over mylar securing it in place as well as the legs. Clip off the excess mylar and hackle.
- Whip-finish and apply head cement. The head cement will help secure the legs in place.
Flies or materials are available at T. Hargrove Fly Fishing, Inc.
Saint Louis, Missouri 63144
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