Beadhead Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail
The Beadhead Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail is a versatile and effective fly pattern used in fly fishing. It is particularly renowned for imitating mayfly nymphs, which are a common food source for fish in freshwater environments.
Here’s a more detailed description of the pattern:
Hook: The BH Pheasant Tail Soft Hackle is typically tied on a standard nymph hook, with sizes ranging from 12 to 24. The hook size can be adjusted based on the target species and the size of the natural insects you are trying to imitate.
Bead: A key component of this pattern is the beadhead, which adds weight to the fly and helps it sink quickly in the water. Tungsten or brass beads are commonly used, and the size of the bead should match the hook size.
Thread: Use a thread color that matches the natural color of the pheasant tail fibers. The thread provides the base for tying in the various materials and securing them in place.
Tail: The tail of the fly is made from natural pheasant tail fibers. Select a few long, slender fibers and tie them in at the bend of the hook. The tail should be approximately the same length as the hook shank or slightly longer.
Ribbing: Fine copper or gold wire is used for ribbing the body of the fly. The wire adds durability and segmentation to the pattern. Tie in the ribbing wire at the base of the tail, along the near side of the hook shank.
Body: The body is created using strands of natural pheasant tail fibers. These fibers are usually brown and have distinct mottled markings.
Select a few fibers and tie them in at the base of the tail. Wrap the fibers around the hook shank, creating a slim and segmented body. Secure the fibers with thread wraps.
Hackle: The hackle of the fly is made from soft hen hackle fibers. Choose hackle in a brown or grizzly coloration that matches the natural insects you are trying to imitate. Tie in the hackle fibers at the thorax area, near the bead.
Thorax: The thorax of the fly is formed using dubbing material. Choose a dubbing color that matches the natural mayfly nymph.
Dub a small amount of thorax dubbing onto the thread and create a tapered thorax by wrapping the dubbing around the thread, forming a compact area behind the bead.
Finish: Build a small thread head behind the bead and whip finish to secure the thread wraps. To ensure durability, you can apply a small drop of head cement or clear nail polish to the thread wraps.
The BH Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail is an excellent pattern for imitating mayfly nymphs and can be fished by dead-drifting it near the bottom of rivers and streams.
The soft hackle fibers provide lifelike movement in the water, making it an enticing meal for fish. It is a versatile pattern that can be effective for trout and various other freshwater fish species.
Usually available in the following hook sizes: 10 | 12 | 14 | 16 | 18 | 20 | 22 | 24