Pheasant Tail Nymph
Tiemco 3761 #10-18
Brown, 8/0
Pheasant Tail Fibers
Pheasant Tail Fibers
Fine Copper Wire
Pheasant Tail Fibers
Peacock Herl

A standard nymph for fly anglers, the pheasant tail nymph uses only 3 materials and is easy to tie.

Step By Step:
Tie in a clump of pheasant tail fibers for the tail. Also tie in the copper wire at this point.
Tie in some more pheasant tail fibers by the tips at the rear tie in point. Wrap these fibers forward and tie off. Then bring the copper wire forward with a few turns and secure. Trim excess.
For the wing case, trim some pheasant tail fibers and tie them in by the butts (the end that you cut). Then secure 3-4 strands of peacock herl. Twist the strands a couple of times, this adds strength to the otherwise fragile peacock.
Wrap the pheasant tail forward to form the thorax and secure.
Bring the pheasant tail fibers over the thorax and make 3 wraps of thread to secure. You can trim the fibers at this point, or you can sweep them back and secure them with thread wraps to make legs on both sides of the fly.

Additional Tips/Photos:
  • You can also tie this pattern with a bead head.
  • Pearl Mylar over the thorax instead of Pheasant tail fibers makes a great flashback version.
Tied By: Chris Hatcher.