|Big Bead Flashback Pheasant Tail|
This odd looking fly is one of my all time top producers. Another anchor fly this pattern was originally designed to bring other flies on a Czech nymph rig to the bottom. The shocker was that it almost always out produced the other flies in the set. I tie it in two versions the flashy gold bead version shown above and a more subdued version with a black bead and hot spot (shown below). A slotted tungsten bead is essential to this pattern. It will allow mounting an oversized bead on a smaller hook and you can position the bead so it will not interfere with the hook gap. This fly also has a couple turns of .20 lead wire on it that helps hold the bead in place. In a word...HEAVY!
The Big Bead Flashback Pheasant Tail
Hook: Dai Riki 730 size 12
Bead: 3/16" Slotted Tungsten (gold or black/faceted or smooth)
Thread: Uni 6/0 brown
Rib: Gold wire
Tail: Pheasant Tail fibers
Abdomen: Pheasant Tail fibers
Thorax: Peacock herl
Flashback: Green flashabou
If you look through some of my fish images on this site you will see this fly hanging off a lot of fish lips!