When English riverkeeper Frank Sawyer first tied his Pheasant Tail Nymph more than 60 years ago, he surely didn’t envision this kind of development. The advent of chemically sharpened barbless jig hooks, which gained popularity in European competition angling, allows tiers to reinvent classic patterns. In this video, Tim Flagler, of Tightline Productions, walks you through the process of tying the Euro Nymph version of the venerable PT, and as usual, he offers some tricks—for blending dubbing, breaking wire, and splitting thread for dubbing—that you’ll find useful beyond this specific fly.
Pheasant Tail Euro Nymph
Hook: Trout Legend Model J, size 14.
Head: Black slotted tungsten bead, 3mm.
Thread: Fluorescent orange, 8/0 or 70-denier.
Tail: Medium Pardo Coq de Leon fibers.
Rib: Copper Ultra Wire, small.
Body: Dyed dark-brown pheasant tail fibers.
Thorax/legs: Dubbing blend—2 parts gray-squirrel fur to 1 part
Hot spot: Tying thread.
Adhesive: Head cement.