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Pheasant Tail Evil Weevil

The Evil Weevil is a great nymph pattern that was developed by Jeremy Davies out of Calgary, Alberta in Canada which is home the famous Bow River. The pattern is tied on a curved scud hook and is highly customizable. There are quite a few variations of the fly including this Pheasant Tail version of the Evil Weevil. If you need to get the fly into deeper waters, you can use tungsten beads and a few wraps of lead behind the bead.

Evil Weevil Pheasant Tail Fly Pattern Recipe

Hook: Mustad C49s #10-16
Bead: Copper brass
Weight: 0.030 lead (optional)
Thread: Dark olive 6/0
Tail: Pheasant tail
Rib: Fine copper wire
Body: Pheasant tail
Shellback: Scudback
Thorax: Peacock ice dubbing
Legs: Olive turkey biots


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Evil Weevil – Goldenstone Fly Fishing

I’ve always been a big fan of Jeremy Davis’ Evil Weevil and have watched him tie it on several occasions. This version is a bit different, but has the addition of an epoxy carapace. The fly it tied nicely, but perhaps a little too cautious as there is a half hitch added quite often. There is nothing wrong with that, but it does add time to what is a relatively quick fly to tie. I highly recommend that you tie these and keep them in your box. I can’t count the number of fish I have caught using weevils. Enjoy.



6 Evil Weevils

Not really all that evil, more of a godsend I think. Jeremy Davies developed the Evil Weevil back in the 90’s and it has spawned many variations. Take a look at the fly bins in any of the Calgary fly shops and you will see the success it has achieved. The goose biots give the fly a distinct silhouette in the water and it is a proven killer when used on a hopper dropper set-up.

The SBS was created by Rob O’Reilly and while he has made a few modifications over the original, it is still just as effective. Jeremy has really become a master of tying these flies, and if you get a chance to watch him tie one, do so. He can bang them off in under 2 minutes, it’s no wonder he is able to tie over 30,000 flies a year.

On the sixth day of Christmas my Ghillie tied for me
6 Evil Weevils
5 Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymphs
4 Baby Buggers
3 PEI Flies,
2 Blae and Black
And a soft hackle Partridge and Orange

Evil Weevil

Evil Weevil – Click here for the Step-by-Step tutorial 

Hook:Scud hook Tiemco 2487 Mustad C49S #8-14
Bead: Gold
Weight: .020 lead wire
Thread:8/0 olive dun
Tail: Pheasant tail fibers
Rib: Fine gold wire
Back: Thin skin or scud back
Abdomen: Arizona Dubbing or diamond dub, peacock color
Legs: Brown goose biots
Thorax: Arizona Dubbing, peacock color