The PTN is one of the first flies I ever tied and so it holds a warm spot in my memories. There are a number of ways to tie the Americanized version of Frank Sayers PTN, and this is really close on how I tie my own. This tutorial has a ton of great images included and is quite clear in detail. Don’t forget to pull out you copper wire and pheasant tail to tie up a few of the originals as well. I like to add a bead to mine and in addition to this one, I add a couple with hott buttz, hot beads, and soft hackle versions.
From the vault of fly tying knowledge comes one of the most simple patterns. Of a number of patterns that use no thread, but opt to use wire, this is my fav to use on the water. The fly was designed by Frank Sawyer, an English river keeper over 50 years ago. Note the slim profile and the short tail. Most modern North American PTN’s have a meatier profile and a much longer tail, but because the nymph was designed to imitate a mayfly nymph (Baetis), the original is a true imitator. Hans has modified the design somewhat to produce a slightly slimmer and more durable fly. After trying my hand at tying the fly in both Frank and Hans’ methods, I prefer the technical aspects of Hans’ fly, but admire the slightly messy look of Frank’s method. I can’t wait to test these out on the creek.
Click the nymph below to check out the excellent tutorial prepared by Hans.
Here is another piece of great tying footage from McA and the boys over at Rise Form. For this weeks Fly Tying Video, episode 40 we have the final installment of our wing shooting/fly tying segments with guest tyer Walt Young. This time Walt twists up a fantastic variation of the Pheasant Tail Nymph. The main differences between the modern PT Nymph and the one Walt ties, are the omission of copper wire ribbing on the abdomen, and the substitution of dubbing instead of peacock herl on the thorax. Looks like a killer, I would add a Nymph Head bead on this one as well to stack the odds in my favor.