In this week’s “How to Tie” video feature, Tightlinevideo gives us a great tutorial on how to tie the Pheasant Tail Euro Nymph.

Learn About This Fly:

Difficulty: Easy

The Pheasant Tail Euro Nymph is a variant on one of the top producing nymphs of all time. This fly imitates a wide variety of insects drifting in the current and is one that no fly box should be without. Typically tied from sizes 10 to 18, the Pheasant Tail Euro Nymph can be used as an anchor fly in various nymphing rigs or as a dropper in a dry dropper rig.

The classic pheasant tail nymph has seen an evolution parallel with that of fly tying itself. The implementation of a jig hook and slotted tungsten bead allow this fly to ride hook shank up, which presents many advantages while nymphing. As the fly bounces on the bottom, the hook shank makes contact rather than the hook point, both reducing snags and increasing the longevity of the hook’s sharpness.

Although these European style flies are typically associated with short line nymphing, their uses are not solely limited to this and should be seen as an opportunity for anglers to most efficiently get their flies into the strike zone. Sparse materials used in the Pheasant Tail Euro Nymph are vital to its effectiveness due to the quick sink rate, reducing the slack time between entry into the water and tension with your indictor or rod tip. The Pheasant Tail Euro Nymph is a confidence fly that no angler should be without on the water, especially in the spring and summer months.


Now you know how to tie the Pheasant Tail Euro Nymph.

Video and ingredients courtesy of Tightlinevideo.


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