Not that I want to go on about how much I like Pheasant Tail for a tying material or bore you to death with yet another variant, I feel I need to show just one or two more that I and many others use.
The 46, so called because it utilises Hends 46 dubbing as a thorax is a non descript and general nymph particularly at home in peaty waters. You’ll notice the use of a copper coloured tungsten bead just as a change from gold. Sometimes, in heavily fished waters where ‘goldheads’ are used regularly, a change in the bead colour can sometimes make the difference in whether you catch or not.
You can see from the above photos how much of a change the bead colour makes in the above flies. Often in clear water, I find sometimes that a fly with less ‘bling’ will outfish a standard pattern
And finally, what would we do without some standard adaptations that have become so successful for many anglers:
Well, that’s it for the Pheasant Tails in my box. I have one or two others but I’m sure you’ve seen enough by now. Hopefully in the near future we can have a discussion about deafness in Lepus europaeus! I’ll leave that one until later.