Tying Video – Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail

The Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail is another favorite soft hackle fly.  Very similar to the Pheasant Tail Nymph most of this fly is tied in the same manner except for the hackle collar and no wingcase.  It is a straightforward fly to tie and most tiers should not have any problems with it.  The fly itself has been around for many years although I don’t think as long as say the Grey Hackle Yellow or the Partridge & Yellow.  I tied this version with a Hungarian Partridge hackle but you could use Grouse or even speckled hen for the collar.  I like the browner hackles on the Partridge to keep with the overall brown/earth color of the fly.  These are tied with a natural Pheasant tail but you could certainly tie some in a dyed Olive, Black or Orange and I think they would fish very well.  This is another fly I will be tying at the Tie-A-Thon in May. For more information on the Tie-A-thon click on the image to the right.  This one is not as quick to tie as a March Brown Spider but it can be tied quick enough to have a dozen done in a couple hours.  Say, while sipping some Bourbon while it is snowing outside or during an early spring rain.  That’s an enjoyable evening.  Enjoy.

Hook:Mustad 3906, 3906b or 3399, #10 – #16
Thread:Uni-Thread 8/0, Brown
Tail & Body:Pheasant Tail
Rib:Danville Copper Wire, Medium (UTC Works As Well)
Thorax:Peacock Herl
Hackle:Hungarian Partridge
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