Published Feb 10. 2014 - 2 years ago

Improved Pheasant Tail nymph

Featured in this fly tying tutorial is the "Improved" Pheasant Tail nymph, which is a classic in the fly fishing world. Using the word "improved" is where I tread softly because Frank Sawyer's original is a tough pattern to revise. With that said, in the video I substitute Coq de Leon as the tailing fibers for two reasons. First, the material is extremely durable and resistant to tearing. Second, the mottling featured on Coq de Leon is excellent, and very representational of mayfly nymphs. Please feel free to comment on this pattern and share any modifications that you have made to improve the original Pheasant Tail.

This pattern is one of those I feature in the "Two Minute Tying" series. These flies are more of "guide flies," meaning they can be tied in a short amount of time, and more importantly, catch fish.

Thanks for viewing this fly tying tutorial of the "Improved" Pheasant Tail; feel free to leave any questions/comments on this YouTube page, or email me:

Tim Cammisa


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Tim might see your comment here, but the best way to contact him is probably through his YouTube page.


I was watching Tim Camissa tying a improved PT nymph and he had a material clip that he liked very much. I have been looking for a clip that will hold and I think the one he used would do the trick. I don't know if this will go to Tim, if it doesn't could you give me an email that I could contact him?
I'm trying to find out where he got the material clip and what the name/distributer is to send for one, Thank You,
Jim Ritter.

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