Contribution by: JT Fly Designs/JT Fly Designs Shop

The pheasant tail nymph is probably by far the most popular and versatile trout fly you can have in your box. The euro nymph style can be a very deadly fly.  

To give a quick back ground, euro nymphing has been very popular over the last few years or so. The flies for this style of trout fishing stay down in the strike zone longer and get down deep quickly in the water column. Euro nymphing came from the competition area of trout fishing.    

Other anglers discovered how effective this technique was and it has taken off from there. So let’s sit down and tie this fly together.    

  1.  You can use a hook from size 10 to 20s. You will be using a jig style hook and put it in the vise with a tungsten bead with that will match the hook size. You can over size the bead if you need more weight. You will lay down a body of thread from the eye of the hook down the shank to the back of the hook and the thread should be ending by the hook point.     
  2. Next take some coq de leon and tie it in for the tail of the fly with a few thread wraps with touching turns. After it is tied in, you will take some wire and tie it in by the tail and will later be wrapping it for the body of the fly.  
  3. Take some pheasant tail fibers and tie it in the body by the wire and then advance your thread toward the bead of the hook with touching turns to have a smooth body
  4. Grab the pheasant tail fibers and wrap them around the body of the fly toward the bead. You can use your rotary feature on your vise or hackle pliers. 
  5. Once your at the bead, tie off the pheasant tail by making wraps on either side of the pheasant tail. This will lock in the material and snip off the excess. To smooth it out make some wraps to cover up some ends of the material.   
  6. Repeat the same process for the wire and as you wrap the wire make sure there are even gaps in the wraps. At least a bodkin apart.   
  7. the final step is  the collar. All you need to do is take some peacock herl or peacock dubbing and tie in the herl or dub the dubbing to build the collar behind the bead.   

This is a great fly for a beginner to start to tie. It has minimal materials and it is a very effective fly that will catch fish anywhere.   

That is my favorite type of fly. It can give the fly angler confidence when they catch a fly they tied. There is no better feeling. Thank you for spending time with me and hope to catch you next time 

Material list: 

  • Tungsten bead
  • UTC wire
  • Pheasant tail
  • Coq de Leon
  • Jig style hook
  • Tungstean
  • Peacock herl or peacock dubbing

Written by: Justin Thuren