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Pheasant Tail Nymph 2

By richard adeney, Apr 8 2020 07:07PM

The basic pheasant tail nymph proved to be such a successful fly, with a worldwide reputation, that it has spawned a large number of variations. They include the famous Cove nymph, which is one of the most well known. This fly is named after, and devised by Arthur Cove a lead British still water fly fishing angler. The Cove nymph has a tail and body of cock pheasant tail fibres and the thorax is made of rabbit fur with cock pheasant wing cases.


The standard dressing now has a tail comprising of cock pheasant tail fibres, a body of cock pheasant tail fibres ribbed with gold/silver wire and the thorax is made of dubbing with a cock pheasant tail fibres wing cases. The dubbing is picked out to form legs. A hackle may also be added in front of the thorax. To add additional weight to the fly a tungsten bead may be added just behind the eye of the hook. Another additions to the basic pattern include adding Flashback to the back of the nymph, adding hot orange spots and adding a CDC frill just behind the tungsten bead. Another variation is to substitute the cock pheasant fibres for hen pheasant fibres. Hook sizes on which this fly is tied range from greater than size 20 to about a size 8. In the small sizes the fly represents mayfly nymphs of the order ephemeropta and larger sizes represent a range of aquatic larva and may also include including small fish.



Orange spot beaded Pheasant Tail Nymph
Orange spot beaded Pheasant Tail Nymph
Bead Pheasant Tail Nymph with a CDC coller
Bead Pheasant Tail Nymph with a CDC coller
Modern dressing of the Pheasant Tail Nymph
Modern dressing of the Pheasant Tail Nymph
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