Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail Nymph by Tradd’s Fly Tying

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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3 thoughts on “Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail Nymph by Tradd’s Fly Tying”

  1. A nice pattern and some nice guitar too! I have yet to buy any of those slotted beads so it appears I’m destined to get some of those hooks as well! Good work on a nice variation of a proven fly!

    1. Yes, it makes me want to pull out my Fender and do some strumming. I’ve been seeing lots of fly variation being tied using the jig hooks, but also haven’t taken the plunge yet. I would like to see in a water test how the 2 differ in action. Thanks for the comment Dan.

  2. Bead headed pheasant tail soft hackles have been my go to fly for 3 years now. It has not failed to get trout to bite yet. Sizes 16 & 18 seem to do the trick in Idaho rivers and streams.

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