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Tying a Mohawk Hotspot Pheasant Tail Nymph Jig

The Mohawk Hotspot Pheasant Tail Nymph is a fly design from Justin Aldrich (check out his channel here – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa5G…) and was featured on JStockard’s blog in May 2018. This variation of the Pheasant Tail Nymph (#PTN ) incorporates a unique hotspot, taking advantage of some seldom used real estate over top of the tungsten bead. I’ve used a hot pink floss for my demo flies, but any hot color that contrasts with the bead should work well. Try a black bead with a chartreuse floss or a silver bead with purple floss.

Mohawk Hotspot Pheasant Tail Nymph Jig Fly Pattern Recipe

Hook: Partridge SUJ #10-16 or similar jig hook
Bead: Gold tungsten (3.3mm for #12)
Thread: Rusty Brown 8/0 (70d)
Hot Spot: Floss (hot color)
Tail & body: 6-8 pheasant tail fibers or CDL fibers
Rib: Copper Ultrawire (sm)
Thorax: Peacock herl

Mohawk Hotspot Pheasant Tail Nymph
Mohawk Hotspot Pheasant Tail Nymph


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Frenchie Nymph (Jig) by The Fly Fiend

The Fly Fiend is a nymphing machine and has been cranking out some stellar nymph patterns. This version of the Frenchie Nymph is tied on a jig hook and adds a little collar of CDC behind the thorax hot spot. The pattern is a simple fly but is a proven staple fly for any trout, grayling, perch of panfish fly box. The Frenchie Nymph is a popular fly for competitive anglers and is seen on many multi-rig setups. The pattern can be modified easily by changing up the thread and thorax dubbing and by using different shades of dyed pheasant tail.

The origins of the pattern are said to have originated in the competitive fly fishing events in Europe. As the story goes, a young Frech angler was stacking up the numbers on the river during a competition. A certain amount of secrecy is expected, and it may be considered uncouth to ask what the anglers catching fish as using. Everyone was expecting that the kid had some ultra realistic fish catcher, but at the end of the event, he revealed the shockingly simple stripped down Pheasant Tail Nymphs.

Frenchie Nymph fly pattern recipe

Hook: Partridge Patriot Jig hook #12-16
Bead: Gold tungsten slotted
Thread: Fl. Pink 70 denier
Tail: CDL barbs (Coque de Leon)
Body: Ringneck pheasant tail
Rib: Fine copper wire (UNI soft wire small)
Collar: CDC natural dun
Thorax: UV pink ice dubbing


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Ice Dub Pheasant Tail – Barrett Christiansen

Another great little nymph from Barrett Christiansen at the Caddis Fly Shop. I love the look of this style of nymph, but I would (will) tie it on a curved shank hook to suit my style. The Pheasant tail color in the ice dub looks hot and reminds me of the Great Canadian Dubbing’s Bronze Olive Diamond Dub I’ve been using for the past few years quite a bit. This is a hot little fly and will be on my vise in short time.