Hot-wire Tarcher Pheasant Tail SBS

Discussion in 'Fly Tying Step by Step / Video' started by ScottP, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. ScottP Active Member

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    Found an old box of Swimming Nymph hooks and was trying to come up with something to do with them. After a failed attempt at a Flick Stonefly Creeper, gave this a shot. No better, no worse than the standard (although it is somewhat weedless), just playing around.



    hook - Orvis 1512-00 #12
    thread - MFC 8/0 brown
    tail/shellback - pheasant tail fibers
    abdomen - UTC wire brassie/brown x-fine/copper
    thorax -peacock herl
    wingcase/legs -pheasant tail fibers

    mash barb and attach thread at 60% mark and wrap back to bend

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    tie in a clump of pheasant tail fibers; fold butt ends back and wrap to the rear

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    take 2 strands of wire, flip hook (rotary makes it a lot easier) and tie in on underside of hook

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    wrap wire back to the bend

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    take a few wraps of wire (try to keep the 2 strands tight together), pull the pheasant tail butts over the back and secure with the copper wire

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    repeat this every 3-4 wraps up the hook to the thorax; helicopter wire ends, trim pt butts and smooth with thread wraps back to 60% mark

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    tie in another clump of pheasant tail, tips extending over hook eye; wrap back to end of abdomen

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    tie in peacock herl (slightly twist with tying thread) and wrap thorax

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    pull pheasant tail butts forward to create shellback over thorax; trim

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    separate legs, fold half back on each side; half hitch x 2, SHHAN

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    ventral

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    Regards,
    Scott
  2. lando Member

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    That is one great looking nymph. I'll have to tie some up this winter.
  3. ScottP Active Member

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    If you don't have any swimming nymph hooks, but you do have some of those "natural bend" irons like a Dai Riki 270, Tiemco 200, Orvis 1512-00, etc, you can roll your own. Takes about 10 seconds (including time to mash the barb):

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    hold hook against a metal rod of some sort (my vise stem works great)

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    clamp eye securely against the stem with a pair of pliers; push away against the bottom of the bend until you get the curve you're looking for (only 2 hands so I can't show the process in action)


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    ready for action

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    Regards,
    Scott
  4. Eyejuggler Beech Nut

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    Nice! Tonights project,
    I love your SBS Scott, you are very talented and you make them diverse and intriguing!
  5. Steve Saville Active Member

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    Nice fly and great idea with the hook!
  6. Mark Mercer Member

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    Great SBS Scott, you always have some cool patterns and tips. Always good to see these, thanks !!!

    Mark
  7. Olive bugger Active Member

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    An old dog learns new tricks. Thanks.

    Great looking and interesting fly.
  8. Jay C Member

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    Scott, I always enjoy your SBS tutorials, and they have given me quite a bit of inspiration to try tying new flies - this is a good one, Thanks