Great trout catching fly patterns evolve endlessly, the tried and true Pheasant Tail Nymph is a perfect example. On everyone’s short list of go-to-fly patterns, the Pheasant Tail for long time this was a pretty much standardized pattern. The Beadhead Soft-Hackle Pheasant Tail morphed from the introduction of bead heads, and then later the revival in bountifully wrapped soft hackles. These modifications make a great fly even better.
Hook: 2X-long nymph hook (here a Dai-Riki #730), size 16.
Bead: 3/32-inch gold bead.
Thread: Olive, 6/0 or 140-denier.
Rib: Copper Ultra Wire, small.
Tail & abdomen: 6 pheasant tail fibers.
Thorax: Peacock herl.
Collar: Hungarian partridge.