Tying Instructions: Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail Nymph

1. Attach a hook to the vise. I am using a size 14, TMC 3769 Wet Fly hook. Wrap a small copper wire behind the eye of the hook crossing over the tag end to lock the wire to the shank.
Step One
2. Wrap the wire creating a thorax bulge just in front of the midpoint of the shank.
Step Two
3. Wrap a smooth abdomen behind the thorax to the bend of the hook.
Step Three
4. Clip about 4 fibers from a Pheasant Tail. Separate the fibers and even the tips. Attach the fiber tips to the bend of the hook creating a tail that is about the length of the shank. Two tight wraps will hold the fibers in place.
Step Four
5. Secure the tag ends of the tailing fibers with wire wraps and trim off the tag behind the thorax.
Step Five
6. Attach a 6 fiber segment of Pheasant Tail behind the thorax and secure the fibers with wire wraps to the tail tie-in position.
Step Six
7. Wrap the fibers around the wire creating a rope.
Step Seven
8. Wrap the fibers with the copper wire core evenly up the abdomen and over the thorax areas. Secure the butt ends in front of the thorax with wire wraps.
Step Eight
9.Select a Partridge feather in which the fibers are about twice the hook gap. Massage the fibers back from the quill leaving a tip of smaller fibers that will not be used. The space between the tip and the extended fibers on the Partridge feather is where we secure the feather to the shank.
Step Nine
10. The feather has a concave side in which the fibers naturally sweep back. Attach the Partridge feather in front of the thorax with the fibers sweeping back toward the tail. A couple of wraps will secure the feather and you can trim off the tip.
Step Ten
11. Wrap the Partridge feather forward with about two to three wraps of the hackle. Secure the tag end of the quill behind the eye of the hook with a couple of wraps. Do not overlap the hackle wraps, you want these fibers to be free for movement.
Step Eleven
12. Wrap a small head with the wire.
Step Twelve
13. Apply a couple of half hitches or a Whip Finish.
Step Thirteen
14. This is the finished pattern.
Step Fourteen

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