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Pheasant Tail #22 Nymph

dryfly.me.2014.05.05.pt_gold_smallHook: TMC 100 #22
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Brown
Tail: Pheasant Tail
Body: Pheasant Tail
Thorax: Hareline Hare’s Ear Plus Chocolate Brown
Bead: Taimen Tungsten 1.5mm gold

Taking the PT down to the smallest tungsten bead I have: 1.5mm, it fits on the #24 as well, but the proportions is a bit off, so I would need a 1mm bead for that and down.  These nymphs are really small, but keeping a good variation in size of the PT can’t go wrong

Compared with the #12 I did the other day:

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Pheasant Tail Gold Head

dryfly.me.2014.05.03.pt_goldHook: Allen F-007 #12
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Black
Tail: Pheasant Tail
Body: Pheasant Tail
Thorax: Hareline Hare’s Ear Plus Chocolate Brown
Wing Case: Pheasant Tail
Legs: Mallard Flank
Bead: 3.0mm Tungsten Gold flysite.co.nz

Tying up some slightly longer and slimmer PT nymphs than I have tied up before. The legs on the side is a good visual clue and the gold head should get this down, but will make a version with lead in the thorax as well to make some even heavier.

 

Micro Pheasant Tail Nymph

dryfly.me.2014.01.17.pheasant_tail_18Hook: Mustad 94840 #18
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Brown
Body: Pheasant Tail, UTC Ultra wire gold
Thorax: Pheasant Tail

Orivs.com had a article on micro pheasant tail nymph that popped up planet.dryfly.me, and I had to test out some of these in size 18 (above) and 24. The pattern itself is very simple: besides from thread you need pheasant tail and wire as rib, nothing more. The sizes from #18 down to #24 will be a great match for my #1 rod hunting trout in the smaller rivers here in Oslo.

dryfly.me.2014.01.17.pheasant_tail_24Together for size: the #24 is very small once you set it together with a #18:

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Pheasant Tail

dryfly.me.2014.01.02.pt_goldHook: Allen S402BL #12
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Brown
Body: Pheasant Tail, UTC Wire gold
Thorax: Spikey dubbing, Lead, spikey dubbing, Pheasant tail
Bead: Tungsten Bead 3.0mm flysite.co.nz

My order of tungsten beads from flysite.co.nz came in over christmas, I have only had gold/silver/black beads before so this time I ordered in some additional colors to see how they turn out.  The pheasant tail is very easy to tie up and is one of those patterns you should have available if you target trout. It is also a pattern you can vary a lot: this one is weighted with lead in addition to the tungsten bead, but you can make it slim, light, fat, long, small and vary in the dubbing for the thorax (as I have done on these): keep some different variations with you on the river.

Silver:

dryfly.me.2014.01.02.pt_silverHot Pink:

dryfly.me.2014.01.02.pt_pinkHot Orange:

dryfly.me.2014.01.02.pt_orangePearl White:

dryfly.me.2014.01.02.pt_whiteFamily picture:

dryfly.me.2014.01.02.pt_togetherThe packages from flysite:

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Simple Pheasant Tail Nymph Variation

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Hook: Mustad 94840 #12
Thread: Sheer 14/0 Black
Tail: Pheasant Tail, Hare’s Ear Plus Chocolate Brown
Rib: UTC Ultra Wire Small Olive
Wing: Mallard Flank

This is a variant of the Simple Pheasant Tail Nymph from yesterday: only added a bit of Mallard Flank on each side. When it gets wet it will stay next to the body and give a bit more life to it.