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Pheasant Tail Nymph – Hans Stephenson

Back to basics with Hans Stephenson tying a classic Pheasant tail Nymph (PTN). this is one of the very first patterns I ever tied, and I still use it quite a bit, mind you, the ones I use have changed somewhat over the years. I mostly tie them on scud hooks with tungsten beads and will on occasion, add a hot butt. Hans does a great demonstration here, and any neophyte following his lead is on a good start. If you haven’t tied up a PTN in a while, here is an excuse to revisit this classic.




I’ve been meaning to post this one for a while, but it somehow was lost in the digital clutter. Another great pattern tied up by John Collins from Rise Form Studios.

For this weeks fly Tying Video John Collins brings you another original pattern. J.C.’S Iso PT is a fantastic pattern that has put more than a few PA Trout in my net this year. As the name states, this is a variation of a Pheasant Tail nymph that imitates an Isonychia Nymph. These nymphs are an important food source for Trout on the East Coast. They are active late spring all the way through the summer. Isonychia Nymphs are super fast swimmers so do not be afraid to let these puppies swing, or let them rise up at the end of your drift. Many days a little action on these bad boys is the key to getting the fish to slam your fly. Twist up a dozen a keep them in your box; you will be glad you did.


Two Minute PTN

I’m not 100% sure, but I have a feeling this tuber is Charlie Cravin. He definitely has the speed to bang out 24-30 flies per hour. Anyways, I always enjoy seeing flies tied fast, and flies tied well. Whoever is behind the 2-minute series, seems to know what they are doing. Hopefully there are move videos in store. There isn’t any listing of materials, but perhaps future episodes could include a quick recipe in the notes.