Beadhead Flashback Pheasant Tail
The Beadhead Flashback Pheasant Tail is a popular nymph fly pattern used in fly fishing. It is a variation of the traditional Pheasant Tail nymph, which imitates a variety of aquatic insects, particularly mayflies and stoneflies.
The BH Flashback Pheasant Tail adds a few key features to the traditional pattern that can make it more effective in certain fishing situations. First, it has a beadhead, which adds weight to the fly and helps it sink faster in the water. Second, it has a “flashback” material, usually in the form of a thin strip of Mylar, which imitates the reflective surface of a nymph’s exoskeleton. This can make the fly more visible and attractive to fish.
The fly is typically tied using pheasant tail fibers for the body, with additional materials such as copper wire for ribbing and peacock herl for the thorax. The beadhead is typically made of brass or tungsten, and the flashback material is added near the thorax of the fly.
The Beadhead Flashback Pheasant Tail is effective in a variety of fishing situations, particularly in streams and rivers where nymphs are abundant. It is often fished using a dead drift, allowing the fly to sink to the bottom and drift naturally with the current. It can be particularly effective in early spring and fall, when mayfly and stonefly hatches are common.
Usually available in the following hook sizes: 10 | 12 | 14 | 16 | 18 | 20
Eric B –
Good well tied fly. Love the flash back tail!