Pheasant Tail Nymph Variant




Here I am tying a Pheasant Tail Nymph Variant similar to that tied by Lucian Vasies in Romania. This fly is very effective for trout, grayling, panfish and char.

The Recipe:

Hook: Demmon size 14 barbless.
Bead: 3mm brass.
Thread: Uni 6/0 orange.
Tail: Pheasant tail fibers.
Hotspot: Orange thread.
Body: Pheasant tail fibers.
Rib: Gold wire.
Collar: Grey squirrel.

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Step 1: Tail

Tie in around five pheasant tail fibers.

Step 2: Tie in Body and Rib

Tie in the pheasant tail and gold wire.

Step 3: Wrap the Body and Rib.

Wrap the body and Rib.

Step 4: Squirrel Fur Collar.

Dub the grey squirrel collar, and whip finish.

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    5 Discussions


    1 year ago

    When you dub your collar, do you use a dubbing loop or make a dubbing noodle? Also, did you brush your collar to give it that look or do you go with a freshly dubbed look?

    As an experienced fly tyer, I can follow these instructions. It would behoove you to elaborate on some of the steps with length of tail fibers, tie in points, and proportion ratios.

    1 reply

    Reply 1 year ago

    I use a dubbing noodle on this fly, and I did brush out the collar some. Thank you for the suggestions, I did not think to mention proportions.


    1 year ago

    The number of times I almost bought a tying vice... But I don't usually fish with tied flies, I do use crappie type jigs that I also make and tie. And I looked and search fly tying vices for a long time and almost bought one. One day I will. Nice project though...