For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
The ringneck pheasant is a bird that I believe is underutilized in fly tying. While you may say what about the "Pheasant Tail nymphs" that's a fly that is perhaps the most recognized fly in the world, and it's true. But the tail is only a small part of the feathers available to the tyer. One fly tyer and angler that I know of used the pheasant in many of his innovative flies, that was Jack Gartside.
In this series of flies, this being the first I'll show you a few simple and easy to tie patterns. These flies can be effective on both cold and warm water fish. Most of the flies will be tied using only the feathers from a pheasant.
The flies below can be used as wet flies, streamers or nymphs. I tied these unweighted, although a few wraps of non-lead wire could be used in the body.
Pattern #1. all feathers are from a pheasant. The body except for the tinsel tag is from the tail of the pheasant.
Pattern #2 is all pheasant except for the peacock, and the squirrel tail wing.
Pattern #3, again all pheasant with exception of the peacock.
The beauty part of the ringneck pheasant is its cost. You can purchase a whole skin for about 20.00. That will give you a lot of flies, and a beautiful selection of feathers. I just saw this......Cabelas has ringneck pheasant skins for 13 bucks...