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Pheasant Tail Bead Head - Orange Butt

Pheasant Tail Bead Head This is a cool little nymph to tie. It is a variation of the classic PTN (Pheasant Tail Nymph) with a small addition of orange dubbing. I have heard of people using PTN with no luck and switching to this little gem having great success. Try tying this with or without the gold bead. Either way it is a great looking fly.

Ingredients for this fly:
  • Mustad 9672 2x hook size 8-14
  • Gold bead 1/8 - 5/32
  • Copper or Gold wire
  • Orange Dubbing
  • Peacock Herl
  • Olive dun Uni-Thread 6/0 thread
Place the bead.

Place 1 bead onto the hook. Make sure the wide hole is facing the back of the fly. Secure the hook in the vice, and tie in your thread.

Tie in wire and fibers.

Take 8 pheasant tail fibers and make sure they are lined up. Tie them in with a pinch wrap. Tie in your copper wire so that it is behind the fly. Make sure the wire is secure.

dubbing the thread.

Wax about 2 inches of thead and apply a small amount of dubbing. Roll the dubbing gently between your fingers to form a rope.

Dubbing the thread.

Wrap the fly with the dubbed thread. Make sure to place any extra dubbed thread behind the pheasant fibers. This will help to add some body to the fly.

Tie on thread.

Wind the pheasant fibers over the extra dubbing, tie them off, and trim the excess. Place a half hith in the fly and wind the wire in the opposite direction. Tie and trim excess wire.

Tie in fibers.

Take another 8 pheasant fibers and tie them into the head of the fly. Leave enough tip showing to form legs.

Tie in herl.

Next tie in 2 peacock herls. This will be used to create the thorax. Wind the herl around the thread, then wind it around the fly. This will give some extra strength to the fragile herl.

Tie on thread.

Tie down the herl, and trim the excess. Bring the end of the pheasant fibers over the bead. Tie these down behind the bead, and trim the excess. Move the tips to the side of the fly so that they stick out to the side like legs.