Soft hackle flies are a staple in my trout box as are bead bead nymphs. This design also incorporates a jig hook into the mix, but if you don’t have them, or the required slotted beads, a standard 2xl nymph hook should do just fine. The tail uses Coq de Leon, a favorite material because of the natural speckled feathers. Whiting Farms has a great line of affordable and obtainable capes, tailing packs and saddles that would fit the bill. The starling feather makes a nice collar on this wet fly. It will provide a natural iridescence to the finished fly. I would tie this with the pink bead, but would also try out a few other options.
Bead Head Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail Nymph
Hook: Jig Hook #14
Bead: 3.0mm tungsten slotted pink
Thread:UNI-Thread 8/0 camel
Tail: Coq de leon fibers
Body: Ringneck pheasant tail fibers
Rib – UTC wire small copper
Thorax: Black Ice Dubbing (Black)
Hackle: Starling feather
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