Sawyer PT Nymph

From the vault of fly tying knowledge comes one of the most simple patterns. Of a number of patterns that use no thread, but opt to use wire, this is my fav to use on the water. The fly was designed by Frank Sawyer, an English river keeper over 50 years ago. Note the slim profile and the short tail. Most modern North American PTN’s have a meatier profile and a much longer tail, but because the nymph was designed to imitate a mayfly nymph (Baetis), the original is a true imitator. Hans has modified the design somewhat to produce a slightly slimmer and more durable fly. After trying my hand at tying the fly in both Frank and Hans’ methods, I prefer the technical aspects of Hans’ fly, but admire the slightly messy look of Frank’s method. I can’t wait to test these out on the creek.

Click the nymph below to check out the excellent tutorial prepared by Hans.

Sawyer Pheasant Tail Nymph

Sawyer PT Nymph - Hans Weilenmann
Sawyer PT Nymph - Hans Weilenmann

Click here for Frank Sawyer’s Tying video.


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