Pheasant Tail Nymph (click on the photo for detail view and recipe)
Tier - Andy (amflyfishing) / Size 12 shown
Hook - TMC 3761
Sizes - 10 to 18
Thread - Dark Brown
Tail - Pheasant Tail Fibers (~3/4 of body length)
Rib - Gold Wire (counter-wrapped to hold and
protect the abdomen's pheasat tail fibers)
Abdomen - Pheasant Tail Fibers
Wingcase - Pheasant Tail Fibers
Thorax - Peacock Herls
Legs - Pheasant Tail Fibers (fibers used to form
the wingcase are pulled back and secured / legs
should extend back to the mid-mark of the
Head - Tying Thread
* In Frank's orginal pattern, pheasant tail fibers
are used for the thorax and tied without legs.
Frank Swayer (an English River Keeper) is the originator of the Pheasant Tail Nymph. This fly dates back to 1958 and has stood the test of time as a "must have fly" that imitates a variety of mayfly species during their nymph stage. Originally, the Pheasant Tail Nymph was created to target trout and grayling on the chalkstreams in Southern England, to imitate several species of the baetis family.
On a personal note, I found that the Pheasant Tail Nymph to be a multi-species fly on both moving and still water systems ... scoring trout, panfish, steelhead, coho salmon, and carp. When targeting carp in slow moving skinny water (a depth of 1 to 3 feet) with clear and sunny conditions ... slowing working a non-weighted Pheasant Tail Nymph (in sizes 10 and 12) into the strike zone of the fish has been extremely productive.