American Pheasant Tail

This classic fly sometimes outperforms fancier patterns.

Details

The classic original Pheasant Tail pattern was designed by an English Riverkeeper named Frank Sawyer to imitate a number of nymph species. There are several American patterns that are a bit flashier with the addition of a peacock thorax and legs. This is a classic fly and has proven itself so well; no self-respecting nymph box should be without them. This fly pattern is an excellent mimic of any number of baetis and caddis nymphs. Color, Pheasant Tail.
Sizes: 12, 14, 16, 18.
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Overall: 5.0/5 starsShow Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 9 reviews

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9 of 9 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    No tall tale here - 3/11/2014
    By: from Friedens, Pa.
    Top 500 Contributor

    A great fly. Put at the point and have fun. Another nicely tied fly by Orvis.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Must Have Nymph Flies - 11/24/2013
    By: from Alexandria, VA
    Top 10 Contributor

    Nymphs are must have flies that imitate sub-surface food sources that comprise the majority of a trout’s diet. These flies have been consistently productive for me on everything from stocked rainbows and browns, to wild brookies on urban and park streams throughout Virginia. Always in my fly box.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    durable - 5/21/2013
    By: from Old Bridge, N.J.
    Top 1000 Contributor

    fished these all day with no problems after fish chewing on them over and over.

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  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    leave the beadheads at home - 12/27/2012
    By: from Beaumont, TX
    Top 1000 Contributor

    I ordered this and several other fly selections based on rob woodruffs(an Orvis endorsed guide) reports. I love these pheasant tails without the bead head I feel like they look more natural during a drift.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Classic Must Have - 7/29/2012
    By: from CT
    Top 10 Contributor

    No one should be without this in their box!! 5 stars.......

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Never Fails - 2/3/2012
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    This fly get them all the time. I always carry plenty of them.

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    never fish without it!!! - 10/25/2008
    By: from sebago.maine

    always the first, and sometimes the only nymph i use all day!!!!!

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