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How to Tie the Pheasant Tail Euro Nymph

When English riverkeeper Frank Sawyer first tied his Pheasant Tail Nymph more than 60 years ago, he surely didn’t envision this kind of development. The advent of chemically sharpened barbless jig hooks, which gained popularity in European competition angling, allows tiers to reinvent classic patterns. In this video, Tim Flagler, of Tightline Productions, walks you through the process of tying the Euro Nymph version of the venerable PT, and as usual, he offers some tricks—for blending dubbing, breaking wire, and splitting thread for dubbing—that you’ll find useful beyond this specific fly.

Video: How to Tie the Pheasant Tail Euro Nymph

When English riverkeeper Frank Sawyer first tied his Pheasant Tail Nymph more than 60 years ago, he surely didn’t envision this kind of development. The advent of chemically sharpened barbless jig hooks, which gained popularity in European competition angling, allows tiers to reinvent classic patterns. In this video, Tim Flagler, of Tightline Productions, walks you through the process of tying the Euro Nymph version of the venerable PT, and as usual, he offers some tricks—for blending dubbing, breaking wire, and splitting thread for dubbing—that you’ll find useful beyond this specific fly. When English riverkeeper Frank Sawyer first tied his Pheasant Tail Nymph more than 60 years ago, he surely didn’t envision this kind of development. The advent of chemically sharpened barbless jig hooks, which gained popularity in European competition angling, allows tiers to reinvent classic patterns. In this video, Tim Flagler, of Tightline Productions, walks you through the process of tying the Euro Nymph version of the venerable PT, and as usual, he offers some tricks—for blending dubbing, breaking wire, and splitting thread for dubbing—that you’ll find useful beyond this specific fly.

24 thoughts on “How to Tie the Pheasant Tail Euro Nymph”

  1. Great looking fly. I’ve used a variation of it before with great success, but this one looks more refined.

  2. Definitely a great video on one way of tying a pheasant tail. Best part of most southern trout fishermen is that carrying these is natural and black will give you a great suggestive pattern that looks like a lot of different insects. Curious to hear or see how an H2 contact nymphs.

  3. I’ve taken a firm liking to jig flies recently. Nothing beats them for a point fly when running a multi nymph rig. I’m going to have to try this dubbing mixture on my PT jigs!

  4. This is such a great pattern. Easy to tie and incredibly productive, plus it’s so much easier to fish this on a jig hook since you’re not constantly fouled up on the bottom. Can’t say enough good things about this fly.

  5. Just learned how to tie my first fly in February and now I want to learn more. I recently moved to Augusta so I’ll be fishing the Savannah River. Anyone have any fly recommendations for this area? I’d sure love to be using an H2 as my first rod too!

  6. The Tightlines videos are great, glad you guys are putting them up! Now if only I had a H2 to throw these new ties with

  7. Just started trying flys. Great way too relax and stay productive art the same time. Started fly fishing a few years back so I’m still a novice there ads well. I find these videos and your books very informative and well put together. Great job guys!

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