Tying the Super Simple Pheasant Tail

Tying the Super Simple Pheasant Tail

The name for this pattern says it all. This is about the simplest version of a pheasant tail you can find. I've added a tweak to add some durability to what is typically a fragile material. The pheasant tail is one of the most famous patterns of all time for a reason. Frank Sawyer had the right idea when he started fishing this pattern. It's still just as effective today as it was in his time and is heavily relied on by many anglers in the competition scene as well. This year a simple drab pheasant tail nymph was important for myself and most of my teammates at the world fly fishing championships in Asturias, Spain. It worked well for the spooky brown trout in the low water conditions we faced. I'm sure it will work well for you as well and it's easy enough to tie that you'll be able to crank them out by the dozens.

You can find all of the materials for this pattern at the link below in our store. The recipe is also listed below: https://www.tacticalflyfisher.com/fly-tying/tutor...


Hook: Dohiku 303 or Fulling Mill Jig Force Short

Bead: Tactical Fly Fisher Slotted Tungsten bead in copper. The size will depend on the amount of weight you need. 

Thread: Semperfli Nano Silk 12/0 in brown. 18/0 Nano Silk works fine as well.

Tail: Coq de Leon. Pick whichever color you like the most. 

Body: Pheasant tail

Optional Hot Spot: Change the thread behind the bead to Veevus 16/0 fl. orange or Semperfli Classic Waxed 12/0 fl. pink

Glue: Loctite Brush On super glue

Tools used:

Stonfo Elite Vise

Griffin Ceramic Supreme Bobbin

Tiemco Razor Scissors Serrated Blades

Dr. Slick Stainless Whip Finisher

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