Pheasant Tail 101

After working with the Mustad 37160 Hook that I liked so much I decided to keep going tearing through quite a few dozen of those hooks. Looks like I will have to take Jean-Paul’s advice and stock up when I can get them. 

Pheasant Tail FibersThis is your standard pheasant tail, mine was brought to me by a German short hair. This is a much shorter feather from the butt section of the bird and I chose it because of the difference between the fibers on either side of the center. On the right the fibers are stiffer and are the traditional fibers I’ve seen used for tail’s, legs and bodies. These fibers are not as stiff as hackle fibers obviously but are stiffer than the counterparts on the other side. I used the left side for a soft-hackle leg effect by using a large amount of fibers to create my wingcase and legs. I felt this would make the legs move a bit more, and I would get to use the side that I think most tiers don’t utilize. 

Stiffer FibersI use 5-10 Fibers from the stiffer side to make the tail and to form the main body of a Pheasant tail nymph. This is a natural tail feather and hasn’t been dyed, I do have some darker feathers that help make different shades possible. 

 

Softer Side

The softer fibers are more difficult to prepare for the legs/wingcase due to the nature of the softness and the fact that to get the effect I wanted and to have a substantial wingcase I needed almost 3/4in section from the left side. To get the feather fibers to line up grasp them half way to the quill and stand them all at 90 degrees to the quill, this should even the fiber tips.

This produced several of the following looking PT’s. 

Pheasant Tail Nymph

One Comment:

  1. Good looking fly. I like the extra wide gap in the hook and curved body, it looks like its swimming.

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