Featured Fly: Red PT (Pheasant Tail)

One of my favorite pheasant tail variations for fishing low, clear water. Tied on Fulling Mill Jig Force #14.

Red PT Material List:

Hook: Fulling Mill Jig Force #14 (A jig or nymph hook of your preference would work.)
Bead: Black Slotted Tungsten 7/64 (Match bead size to hook size.)
Lead Wire: 6 wraps of 0.15 (Match wire diameter to hook wire diameter.)
Thread: Uni Red 6/0
Tail: Coq de Leon
Ribbing: UTC Small Copper Wire
Body: Natural Pheasant Tail Fibers (Pictured is a clump of 4 fibers.)
Thorax: Jan Siman Synthetic Peacock Bronze Dubbing
Hot Spot: Red Uni 6/0 Thread (Coat with Loon Flow.)


Pheasant tail variations are not new. Many fish have been caught on flies much like this one. This pheasant tail variation is really nothing special, but that’s exactly why it’s special. It’s a simple & effective fly that I have developed a lot of confidence in. If you took a glance at my fly boxes, it would not take you very long to realize that I carry a large number of pheasant tail variations. Is it really necessary to have so many similarly tied flies with just little discrepancies? Maybe not, but there are times that I feel they all have their place.

Overall, 2016 was a year that low and clear water conditions became the norm. A Frenchie is one of my favorite nymph patterns, but it’s not usually my top choice for abnormally low and clear water. Since I have so much confidence in pheasant tails, I relied on this variation with a black bead, red thread hot spot, and a thorax that had “dull flash”. Anglers that I guide kept referring to the fly as a Red PT, the name fit.

While this Red PT is a fly that I use to specialize in low and clear water, it could really work just about any day. Larger sizes are useful, but smaller sizes such as 18-20 excelled in the low, clear conditions. If you add a few of these Red PT’s to your box, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. Tight wraps!

If pheasant tails are your thing, and you missed my previous post check it out: Featured Fly: Frenchie + Variations
If pheasant tails are your thing, and you missed this previous post check it out: Featured Fly: Frenchie + Variations

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