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Pheasant Tail Catgut Nymph | Fly Tying for Trout by Kevin Hospodar

The pheasant tail nymph is probably the most (or top 3) most popular nymphs in fly fishing. It is simple, effective, and mimics a wide range of trout food. I’m not trying to re-invent the wheel on this, just a swap on some materials to add some simplicity while maintaining the effectiveness.


Hook – Partridge Wet Heavy Supreme sz 10 – http://bit.ly/2ADCBO3
Thread – Lagartun 95D copper
Tail – Pheasant tail fibers
Body – Catgut – http://bit.ly/2SOnZmd
Thorax – Brown Deer Hair Dubbing – http://bit.ly/2ADCCS7
Wing case – Lagartun French flat braid

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Tying a Gold Ribbed Olive Hare’s Ear Nymph with Davie McPhail by Davie McPhail

Davie McPhail ties up this classic nymph pattern in his own unique style. This is a darker version than most seen in North America, but it has a pleasing appearance and I’m sure that trout will easily agree. I’d love to try out a bead head version using a black bead in place of the classic gold. 

Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear fly pattern recipe (Davie McPhail version)

Hook: Fulling Mill All-Purpose Medium size 14
Thread: Uni-8/0 Olive or Black
Underbody: Copper Wire or Lead
Tail: Dyed Olive Pheasant Tail Fibres
Body: Dyed Olive Hare’s Ear Dubbing
Thorax Cover and Legs: Dyed Olive Pheasant Tail Fibres
Thorax: Dyed Olive Hare’s Ear Dubbing

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