A Simple Red Pheasant Tail Nymph Pattern – Blue Wing Olive
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A Simple Red Pheasant Tail Nymph Pattern

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A Simple Red Pheasant Tail Nymph Pattern

I was in London last fall and picked up some red dyed cock pheasant tail at Farlows, a high-end fly shop in Pall Mall, established in 1840! The clerk stuck up his nose on my suggest of using it to tie nymphs - God forbid. ;)

I finally broke it out and tied something with it. I was looking to create a very simple nymph pattern, similar to a Frenchie but with a peacock herl thorax and without a bead. Red Copper John's are one of my "confidence" flies - I figure I tried a red pheasant tail. Lets see how it does in my local early spring streams as the Quill Gordon and Hendricksons awaken here in the Northeast. A little wild but it is all in the presentation, right? Here is the recipe:

Hook: Mustad 3906B, TMC 3769, size 12
Thread: Brown 6/0 or 8/0. I used Danville Flymaster 6/0
Wire: .030 Lead Free Wire (3-4 turns under thorax)
Tail: Red pheasant-tail fibers
Abdomen: Red pheasant-tail fibers
Rib: Small copper wire
Thorax: Peacock Herl