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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Kleis's Fly Of The Week - BH FB PT

The Bead Head Flash Back Pheasant Tail nymph is a staple that just about anybody who has fished a nymph rig has in their box.  The original Pheasant Tail was created by Frank Sawyer and was tied only using wire as a thread and pheasant tail fibers.  Franks original has spawned many variations including the one I tied above since.

Hook: Orvis Big Eye
Bead: Spirit River Brass Nickel 
Thread: UTC FL. Fire Orange
Wing Case: Lateral Scale Crystal Flash
Tail: Pheasant Tail Fibers
Abdomen: Pheasant Tail Fibers
Rib: Small Copper Wire
Thorax: Peacock Black Ice Dub
Legs: Pheasant Tail Fibers
Head Cement Finish: Sally Hansen Hard As Nails

The Pheasant Tail is one of those generic patterns that could be mistaken by a trout for just about anything depending on the size PT you are fishing and the time of year.  The two hatches that I have seen on the South Platte and Arkansas River that this fly best imitates are the Pale Morning Dun nymph and the Yellow Sally Stonefly nymph.  I can't even fathom the amount of Pheasant Tails the fish in our river systems see which is why I think it's important to give them different looks.  Some people prefer Gold beads to Silver.   Some prefer to use a red collar as apposed to the hot orange as shown above.  Flash Back or no Flash Back, etc...  They all catch fish!  Here is a pretty cool Black and White video of Frank tying the original!  


  1. I went to the dream stream for my first time on August 10th. I was not getting much love from my hoppers. I decided to tie on a dropper, and thought of this blog, tied on a FB BH PT, and ended up catching the biggest fish I have ever caught on a fly rod. Got him close to net, but was having trouble getting downstream from him (learned this from another thread on this site), and he ended up getting off, which was fine. Thanks Jon!

  2. Bruce that is AWESOME! Congrats man!

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