The Beadhead Pheasant Tail Nymph is one of the first mayfly patterns I ever learned to tie. And I’m glad I did. It’s such a great little fly. I actually caught the biggest trout of my life so far on this fly—an incredible ten-pound, 30-inch long rainbow. And it was on a size 14 fly!
I don’t think you need to get fancy with this fly pattern, although I have seen numerous modifications to the Beadhead Pheasant Tail Nymph over the years. I always stick to the traditional fly, except for sometimes adding a tungsten beadhead and it continues to work very well.
Beadhead Pheasant Tail Nymph
- Hook: size 12-16 2x long nymph; Daiichi 1710
- Thread: 8/0 Uni or UTC 70
- Tail: pheasant tail fibers
- Abdomen: wrapped pheasant tail fibers
- Rib: copper wire
- Thorax: peacock herl
- Wingcase: pheasant tail
- Legs: pheasant tail fibers
- Set up your fly tying vise
- Fix the hook in the vise's jaw
- Push play on the video tutorial