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Everything You Need to Know about the Beadhead Pheasant Tail Nymph
If you’re a fly fisherman, then you probably have heard of the Beadhead Pheasant Tail Nymph. This timeless classic is a must-have in your fly box for its versatility and effectiveness on trout in both stillwaters and streams. Not only is it a go-to pattern for beginners, but it’s also the favorite of many experienced anglers.
Why is it so Popular?
One reason the Beadhead Pheasant Tail Nymph is so popular is because of its ability to imitate many aquatic insects, with a primary focus on mayflies and stoneflies. This makes it an effective fly in a wide range of situations. It’s durable and reliable making it a great pattern to rely on in your fly box. It also makes the list as one of our top 10 trout flies in our online course.
What a Beadhead Pheasant Tail Imitates
The Beadhead Pheasant Tail Nymph imitates a two prevelant insects in their nymph forms; mayflies and stoneflies.
Why is this Pattern so Good at Catching Trout?
There are a few reasons why the Beadhead Pheasant Tail Nymph is so effective at catching trout. Firstly, its slender profile and realistic segmentation make it a convincing imitation of nymphs. Secondly, the bead head adds weight, allowing it to sink quickly to the bottom where the trout are feeding.
Tips on Fishing this Fly
One of the best ways to fish the Beadhead Pheasant Tail Nymph is to drift it along the bottom of the river or stream in a 2-fly nymph system. Use a strike indicator to help you detect when a fish takes the fly. This fly can also be fished as a dropper behind a dry fly.
The History of the BH Pheasant Tail Nymph
The Beadhead Pheasant Tail Nymph was created in England by a fly tyer named Frank Sawyer. He used it to catch trout on the River Avon and the fly became popular with anglers throughout the UK. It eventually made its way to the US and has been a staple in fly boxes ever since.
Which Colors and Sizes are Best for a BH Pheasant Tail
The most common colors for the Beadhead Pheasant Tail Nymph are natural, brown, and olive. Sizes 12 to 20 are the most effective, with size 16 being the most popular. It’s also common to tie this pattern in smaller sizes, down to size 24 for more selective trout.
Add this Fly to Your Box
I love this fly so much I would adopt it as my child and spend time with it daily. It has a realistic insect profile and imitates a variety of insects that trout feed on often. It is a great fly for beginners and the fly fishing pros alike because of it’s ability to catch fish anywhere and anytime of the year. I fish this in the coldest winter months and on warm summer days. I’m so proud of this fly and I’m sure you will be too. (and I’m not just saying that because it’s my child)
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