Fly Tying: Easy Pheasant Tail Nymphs

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Tying up some easy Pheasant Tail nymphs.

Ahh, the Pheasant Tail nymph, quite possibly the best nymph pattern ever created. Easily one of the most recognized patterns, and one that you simply cannot go to your favorite river without.

There are many variations of the Pheasant Tail nymph, but I like to keep them really simple, and so does Fly Fish Food. Simplicity is always a good thing, especially when it comes to fly tying patterns.

Check out the video to see just how easy tying these up can be:

I’ve been tying up several of these Pheasant Tail patterns, with just a small change to the materials. Instead of peacock herl, I’ve been using Pheasant Tail colored Ice Dub from Hareline on the thorax. It gives the fly just a bit more sparkle and, hopefully, a little more attraction.

Fly Tying: Easy Pheasant Tail Nymph pattern

I tie these in sizes 12-16 on an Allen 103BL dry fly/light nymph hook. It’s pure gold.


Give this pattern a try, I think you’ll dig the simplicity of it, and I can guarantee you the fish will dig it.

Cory Perry
I'm a husband, father and fly fishing geek living in Greenville, SC. I'm down with slinging flies, tying flies and spending every minute I can enjoying the vast outdoors with my family and friends.

2 Responses

  1. ben says:

    I tie a very similar pattern as one of my go-to nymphs. Everything is pretty much the same except the thorax is hares ear.

    • Cory Perry says:

      Hey Ben, maybe I’ll give the hare’s ear thorax a try. I’m always looking for ways to make my flies buggier looking, and hare’s ear usually does it! Thanks for the comment.

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