In rivers, the pheasant tail nymph resembles a wide variety of commonly seen mayflies but most often PMD’s and BWO. The most productive way to fish this fly is to fish it near the bottom on a dead drift. Simply cast the fly as you would a dry, (upstream and across) and allow the fly to sink to the bottom and drift downstream drag free.
In lakes, the PT is probably the best imitation of the Callibaetis nymph. This fly, when fished during the long hours between sun up and sun down can be very effective in getting finicky trout to bite. To fish this fly in lakes use an intermediate line and retrieve the fly slowly near the surface. If trout are not taking this presentation allowing the fly to sink and retrieving it using a slow hand twist retrieve should do the trick. Trout are known to frequent the shallows near weed beds or rocky outcrops so keying on these areas will help to get more and bigger fish to bite.
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|Products for this fly:|
|||Tiemco TMC 3769 Hooks|
|||Uni 8/0 Tying Thread|
|||Ringneck Pheasant-Tail Clump|
|||Spirit River Brite Beads|
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