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How to Tie a Hot Spot Pheasant Tail Nymph

Producer: Tim Flagler  |  Tightline Productions

With cold weather just around the corner, fall is the time to go small, and a micro pheasant tail with a hot spot thorax fits the bill perfectly.

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  • Dave Kumlien

    That is a great looking pattern! Thanks Tim (and Bill) for the info. I’ve been tying for a while, and I always learn some interesting stuff from your videos. Like the tip on the use of the “circuit tester” type hackle pliers on small hooks and the use of the UV cure resin for wing case durability is a great idea. Thanks!

  • Fred Rickson

    Someone long ago came up with the idea of glueing a button magnet to the bottom of wire test clips, and you had a nice holder for flies while the head cement dried, or, for my “dark side” friends, the Hard as Nails covering on a chironomid. Radio Shack sold 12 in a pack for a few bucks. Amazon still has a listing for $2.05 for 10 and free shipping. But, if you call them “hackle pliers,” presumably from a fly shop, they are $3.65 apiece plus $2.95 for shipping on eBay, and Hareline sells one for “only” $3.50. Times do change.

    • Tightline

      I hear you Fred, the pricing does get a bit ridiculous and it’s such a simple piece of gear, they really shouldn’t cost that much. But, in most cases I’m happy to pay a little more for a product sold through a fly fishing related business. Ya know kind of keep it in the family when you can.

      • Fred Rickson

        I certainly agree about supporting fly shops, it’s just that I must have 30 or so holders, made before this “new use,” and buying that many at a shop would be prohibitive for most folks. There is even a large size clip which holds tarpon flies.

  • John Davenport

    As always Tim, a great video and a great fly. I particularly like the tie off at mid fly. Some how I always manage to encroach on the hook eye. I dry my flies on a clothesline of 1x stretched across my tying table. It insures the eyes stay open no matter how badly my Sally Hansen paint job has been.

    • Tightline

      That is very cool!

  • Nymphermaniac

    Most excellent (as usual) video of the “Hot Spot” pheasant tail. Thank you!

  • Mass fisher

    Great tutorial. I am just learning tying and am currently working on pheasant tails. Great variation.