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This variation on a beadhead pheasant tail nymph has proven to be a very effective all purpose nymph in both tail waters and freestone streams. If I had to limit my Missouri River flybox to one pattern, it would be this fly. The pattern was developed by Larry Graham, a Montana guide, and published in the Spring 1998 issue of Fly Tying.
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|Hook:||Daiichi 1560 or TMC 2487 size 12-18
|Body:||Holographic Flat Tinsel, silver medium
|Bead:||Cyclops or Tungsten (Sized to Hook)
|Weight:||Lead wire sized to hook
|Wing Case:||Flashabou, Pearl
|Rib:||Gold Wire, small
|Tail:||Pheasant Tail Fibers
|Legs:||Pheasant Tail Fibers
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- Place bead on hook.
- Wrap 4-5 turns of lead wire on hook and push inside bead.
- Start thread behind bead. Tie on gold wire and wrap thread to bend of hook.
- Tie on the tail using pheasant tail fibers and wrap thread back to eye of hook, making a smooth underbody.
- Tie on the holographic tinsel at eye of hook. Wrap the tinsel back to hook bend and then back to eye of hook. This should give a smooth body with no gaps.
- Rib the body with the gold wire, making the turns widely spaced.
- Tie 5-8 strands of pearl flashabou on top of the hook at rear of where the thorax will be.
- Tie on peacock herl and wrap thread to eye of hook.
- Wrap the peacock herl thorax.
- Tie on the pheasant tail legs in a bunch on top of hook.
- Pull the flashabou wing case over the thorax, splitting the bunch of pheasant tail so that you will have even legs on both sides of the hook. Tie off.