Sunday, February 14, 2010

Hot Butt Pheasant Tail Nymph

All this snowy weather the north east has been getting over the last few weeks has resulted in a lot of time at the vice opposed to time on the water.  The last few weeks have been spent tying mainly nymphs  (about 36 dozen so far).  A lot of these patterns have been Euro style nymphs.  Almost all of these types of flies utilize a "hot spot" or trigger area of bright color, typically red, orange or pink.  My own experiences with Czech nymphing with traditional Czech/Polish patterns has proven to me that the "hot spots" work.  This Pheasant Tail nymph is one of my most effective patterns.  I tie two ways; with the hot butt and with a hot spot in the thorax (or use an orange bead).  Looking through last year's boxes I used up more of these than the thorax version.

Hook:  TMC 2457 (Tiemco Scud)  12-16
Thread: 6/0 Black
Bead:  Gold or copper tungsten
Tail:  Pheasant tail fibers
Rib:  Gold or copper wire
Hot spot:  Orange rabbit mixed with a little antron
Body: Pheasant tail fibers
Thorax:  Peacock herl topped with pheasant tail fibers ( I also tie it with substituting the herl with Arizona Peacock dubbing and omit the legs - just pick out the dubbing)
Legs:  Pheasant tail fiber tips.

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