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Step by Step tying tutorial

New Zealand Trout Flies

Pheasant Tail

Pheasant tail nymph

  Fly Tying Details;

Pheasant Tail


10 - 18


Kamasan B175 or Tiemco 3769 (these are both short, strong Nymph hooks


Danville Pre Waxed Thread 6/0 Brown


Pheasant tail fibers

  Body: Pheasant tail fibers

Copper wire - Fine

Thorax Pheasant tail fibers
  Wingcase: Pheasant tail fibers or copper wire, peacock herl, hare fur

Lead wire underbody


The very popular Pheasant Tail. The standard PT is tied on the red/brown pheasant tail fibers, but you can use the darker ones too for a darker look, vary the thorax as desired. I tie them on these standard length hooks because there is more hook in relation to the fly size, giving better hook ups.

Step by Step Tying Instructions: Pheasant Tail


The PT can be a bit fiddly to tie. I find this method produces a nice looking fly time and again.


Firstly apply glue to the hook shank then wrap the hook shank with lead wire for additional weight. I've used .025 lead wire here. The wire helps provide a fatter thorax.


Bind the lead with a layer of thread and apply more glue to hold all firmly in place


Next we tie in the tail which is approximately 10 pheasant tail fibers and some copper wire. It's hard to see but I have created a taper with the thread behind the lead wire.

Next we tie in the wing case. Here I have used some left over PT fibers from tying smaller nymphs.


Next wind the body fibers forward all the way to the head of the fly and tie in, for larger flies you need to select long fibers otherwise they end up being too short.


Next wind the copper wire forward over the pheasant tail fibers right up top the head and tie in. I tend to wind it the opposite way to help hold all in place.


Pheasant tail nymph, step by step, the finished nymph!Then bring the wing case forward and tie in;


Finish with a whip finish and apply more glue to the thread and your nymph is finished.


The wing case often is broken by the fishes teeth so you can strengthen this with a layer of glue or epoxy for a strong nymph





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