CDC is an amazing natural material for tying flies. Take a good old Pheasant tail, put it on a jig style hook and add some CDC and you have a very fishable fly! This pattern is a must for any fly angler. A very forgiving fly that gives good reason that a soft hackle pheasant tail is Patagonia’s founder Yvon Chouinard favorite fly (although I believe he favors the partridge soft hackle version). Fish it in dead drift style or swing it for deadly presentations and you will be very pleased!
Fly fishing and Pheasant tails go hand in hand. This material has been used for a long long time and for good reason. When wrapped Pheasant tail fibers create a buggy looking body that can not be matched easily by any other natural or synthetic material. Thus all the variations of the classic Pheasant tail nymph.
This Euro Style, “Competition” pheasant tail nymph is a must have fly. I keep variations of many sizes and colors in my box at all times for whatever the conditions dictate. Continue reading “How to Tie a Euro Style Pheasant Tail: Video”
The Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail is my favorite fly! It can be fished on tailwater and freestone rivers and imitates a variety of insects. Most people would say that it is a Mayfly Nymph, but it also imitates a small stonefly or caddis as well. You primarily use it for a late spring and summer fly, because this is when the mayflies are most active. It can also be fished in a smaller size year around, even in the winter though. Continue reading “How to Tie a Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail Fly: Video”