Published May 30. 2012 - 4 years ago

Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail

The Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail is my favorite fly! It can be fished on tailwater and freestone rivers. The Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail imitates a variety of insects. Most people would say that it is a Mayfly Nymph, but it also imitates a small stonefly as well. The Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail is primarily a late spring and summer fly. This is when the mayflies are most active. It can be fished in a smaller size year around, even in the winter.

Martin Joergensen


Nice fly. For ties like this however, I really like to see the hook make and size displayed rather than leaving it to the viewer to guess at the sizes you have had your best action with. Myself, I have used this as tied for years, and have the better action in early spring on sizes 18 to 14 as waters warm and more insects become visible. From mid June to early September, my better size seems to be 12 but the smaller ones work then too.

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