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Pheasant Tail Nymph

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Frank Sawyer, a river keeper in England, is generally given credit for the Pheasant Tail Nymph. The original version was made entirely of pheasant tail fibers and wire. The use of peacock herl in the thorax section varies from the original recipe.

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Hook:Tiemco 200R, size 12-20
Thread:Brown or Camel, 8/0
Tail:Pheasant tail fibers
Rib:Copper or gold wire
Body:Pheasant tail fibers, body is 2/3 of the hook shank length
Wing case:Pheasant tail fibers
Legs:Equal number of fibers from the wing case are folded back and secured
Thorax:Peacock herl.

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Tying Instructions

  1. Attach thread with a jamb knot
  2. Tie in tail about 3/4 the shank length.
  3. Tie in ribbing at the bend.
  4. Clip off tip and tie in fibers for the body at the bend.
  5. Wrap body up 2/3 of hook shank.  First wrap or two behind the wire. Tie off and trim.
  6. Wrap ribbing forward (counter wrap to secure the fibers), tie off and trim.
  7. Tie in wing case fibers.
  8. Tie in the peacock herl and wrap the thorax, tie down.
  9. Pull the wing case over the thorax and tie down.
  10. Split the thorax fibers evenly, pull them back and tie them in for legs.
  11. Whip finish.  Cement head if desired.

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