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This fly could not be any simpler to tie, and the material list could not be shorter. It consists of one feather and of course some tying thread. The tail, body, and hackle all come from a single feather from the body or rump of a pheasant.
The pheasant tail nymph is a classic nymph pattern. Tied with its traditional materials of natural pheasant tail fibers and peacock herl it is a fish catching wonder. The color scheme of the natural materials does an excellent job imitating many mayfly nymphs. A pheasant tail nymph is a killer nymph pattern for panfish. You may ask the question “If this pattern works so well why mess with it?”
I first crossed paths with this fly after reading my copy of Flies for Bass and Panfish by Dick Stewart and Farrow Allen. It checked all the boxes for me on what makes an effective bluegill fly.
If you are a regular reader of this blog you know by now, that simple is not a common theme around here. As a fly fisherman that loves fly tying almost as much as the fishing, I tend to get a bit carried away at times. However, every once and a while I like to get back to the basics.
I was working a heavily wooded shoreline of a local pond late one afternoon when I observed a little commotion on the water. A bright green object around two inches long was fluttering about on the surface.
The Stayner Ducktail is a streamer pattern that has been knocking around in my fly boxes for a long time. It has caught more than its share of trout and landlocked salmon for me over the years and like all successful flies it eventually migrated into my warm water boxes. However, this one did not find its way there by accident.
As I held the fly in my hand, I could see that it was probably an early attempt at some sort of terrestrial pattern, possibly a cricket, by the fly tier who donated the materials. The fly was crudely tied with heavy sewing thread. It had a preformed foam spider body and knotted rubber legs tied in all helter-skelter. The knotted legs are what makes me believe it was meant to imitate a cricket.
I was recently a guest blogger for The Flymen Fishing Company. I wrote on the subject of setting up an ideal space for your fly tying. If you are not familiar with The Flymen Fishing Company they produce a number fly tying products that you have probably heard of.
The purist, dry fly anglers turn their noses up to this ugly easy to tie style of fly because it can be nothing more than a piece of your bath mat lashed to a hook shank. But the thing they hate the most about the fly is that it will likely catch more fish than their exquisitely tied Catskill style dry fly!