Monday, January 23, 2012

Polish Pheasant Tail Varation

Not much more needs to be said about Pheasant Tail, other than it's one of the most used fibers for making nymphs. There are three fibers I can't do without: Pheasant Tail, Peacock Tail and Hungary Partridge.

This is a variation on Davie McPhail's "Polish Pheasant Tail Nymph"

What's nice about this pattern is it's simple, and it has all the elements of a great nymph.  The profile is tied in the round.  It presents the same profile when the nymph is tumbling downstream.  The pheasant tail fibers offer the iridescent brown/olive color found in most naturals.  It also has two triggers, the two hot spots and a gold bead.

If you're looking for the Glo-Brite and Jan Siman Dubbing, I'd recommend you go to  Kevin Compton's site He has most of the materials you'll need for tying your euro-nymph patterns.

This is a K.I.S.S. pattern you want in your box for euro or standard nymphing.

Hook – Mustad S80-3906
Size – 10-16
Bead – Gold Tungsten Bead
Tail – Pheasant Tail Fibers
Body – Pheasant Tail Fibers
Rib – .32 gauge Copper Parawire
Hot Spot –  GLO-BRITE Fluorescent Floss – Shade #5 Hot Orange

Tie in your Glo-Brite.
Tie in Pheasant Tail.
Tie in wire.
Wind Pheasant Tail fibers forward counter clock wise.
Counter wrap wire forward in open wraps and tie off.
Dub thorax and tie in hot spot.
Whip finish.


  1. My T.U. chapter just gave a speech on uero nymphing. This would kill. Love it!

  2. I keep meaning to order up some of jan siman dubbing. I have yet to tie a PT this way but I do use the glo brite for all my hot spots. Thanks for the reminder.