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How to Tie the American Pheasant Tail Nymph

The American Pheasant Tail Nymph imitates a wide variety of mayfly species in their nymphal stage.  Tim Flagler ties this one on a size 16 Dai-Riki #730 nymph hook and uses Flymaster 6/0 for thread.

“Tying a dozen or more at a time is a great way to achieve consistency,” notes Flagler. “And besides, in my estimation you can never have too many pheasant tail nymphs.”

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  • I’ve been tying for years and learned many useful techniques in just this one video. Examples: using the material to tie off the counter-wraps, length of legs for PT, and using a styrofoam cup!

    • Every time Tim does a new video he reveals some very clever tricks.

  • Peter Wilner

    Great video. I love this pattern & have been fishing it for many years. However, I use Randall Kaufmann’s method (Fly Tyers Nymph Manual) which extends to legs back for the full length of the abdomen. I like the shape the fly has when it’s wet.

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