How to Tie a Bead Head Flashback Pheasant Tail Fly: Video

Anyone who has fly fished for a few days knows the Pheasant tail nymph (PT). It has been around for over half a century and will fool fish forever in many different fishing situations. Created by Frank Sawyer, it is a great imitation for Mayflies and Stoneflies depending on the sizing and color variation. This pattern can be tied anywhere from 12 all the way down to 24, or beyond if you can. I fish them larger in the summer months typically in 14 – 18 and then smaller in the fall 18 – 24. Our version features a bead head as well as a flashback while omitting the legs that make it an “American version”. Fish it as your point fly in smaller variations and as your lead fly in larger sizes.

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How to Tie a Mercury Midge Fly: Video

Created by the Colorado tailwater specialist Pat Dorsey, this pattern is a go to for any fly angler. As a midge pupa imitation, it can be fished year round wherever water is accessible and is of most importance in the winter months when fish are keyed almost exclusively on midges. The Mercury Midge is a pattern that was evolved from the Black Beauty when Pat added the silver lined bead to the head. The idea behind this is that it imitates the bubble that is created when a midge begins is emergence. Tied in small sizes from 18 – 24 and fished in weighted nymph rigs or as the point fly with a larger attractor pattern above.

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How to Tie a Bead Head Brassie Fly: Video

A simple but very effective fly. Originating on the South Platte in Colorado in the 1960’s this pattern has been evolving ever since. When it was created it was tied with a copper body and shrink wrap for the head. Today it is tied almost universally with peacock hearl while on a variety of hooks. Traditionally this is tied in very small sizes 18 – 24 as it is commonly imitating midges. Our version is slightly larger. This variation I tie in sizes 12 – 16 with a thicker body to imitate later summer caddis nymphs such as Green Sedge and Little Sister Sedge. Fish it with some smaller midges on a weighted nymph rig or as a point with a larger attractor above.

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