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Step by Step tying tutorial

New Zealand Trout Flies

Pheasant Tail (Hare & Pheasant)

Pheasant Tail - Hare & Pheasant Black Tungsten

  Fly Tying Details;

Pheasant Tail (Hare & Pheasant)


10 - 16


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


Danville Pre Waxed Thread 6/0 Brown or Black


Pheasant tail fibers

  Body: Pheasant tail fibers

Copper wire - Fine

Thorax Hare Fur with plenty of guard hairs

Body Stretch or Thin Skin - Brown or Black


Tungsten - Black or Gold and Lead wire


A popular variation of the Pheasant Tail. The guard hairs used in the thorax represent legs and are what makes this fly a success. I have a preference for sizes #14 & #16. I tie them on these shorter hooks because there is more hook in relation to the fly size, giving better hook ups.

Step by Step Tying Instructions: Pheasant Tail - Hare

The 1st Step, add the weight to the fly


This is an easy and effective fly to tie.


Firstly choose the size bead you want for the weight of the fly, pictured is a #10 hook with a #3.8mm tungsten bead. 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 length of wire is important as it will help form the taper to shape the body of the nymph.


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


Pheasant Tail (Hare) ready to wind the fibers forward...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 wind the pheasant tail fibers forward to create a tapered body. (see next picture).

Ready to add the wingcase and thoraxThen wind the wire forward over the pheasant tail fibers to the thorax, I tend to wind it the opposite way to help hold all in place, a few extra winds around the thorax area and back over itself then tie in with the thread.

Apply more glue to the thorax area


Winding on the dubbingNext is to tie in a thin strip of Body Stretch which will form the wing case, followed by the dubbing for the thorax.


I've used some plain hare's fur here for the first few winds then I use mainly the guard hairs from the centre back of a hares skin for the last few wraps to give the hairy look

Pheasant Tail (Hare) - ready to go fishing!!Once the dubbing is added, bring the Body Stretch forward and tie in firmly with several winds of thread, then stretch it out and trim off the excess.

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



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