|The Bead Head Pheasant Tail|
1. Slip bead over end of hook and slide it around to just behind the eye.
Position hook in vise so that eye is slightly down. This will hold bead
in position just behind the eye and keep it from slipping back on you while
you are tying.
2. Start thread just behind the bead and take a couple of wraps. Cut a 3" piece of copper wire and position one end of it at the thread on the hook with the other end sticking out the back of the fly. Wrap the thread over the copper wire and the hook working your way towards the back of the fly until you reach a position approx. 2/3 of the way between the back of the bead and the point of the hook.
3. Continue wrapping the thread forward and then backwards on the hook to
form a tapered body with the thread. The taper should be slightly smaller
than the bead at the front of the hook and only a thread or two thick at
the back. Complete the taper with the thread at the back of the hook.
4. Take 3-6 Ring Neck Pheasant Tail Fibres (depending upon the size of the
hook) and with two turns of thread attach them so that the tips form the
tail of the fly (approx. hook gap in length). The butts should point
towards the head of the fly. Spiral the thread forward to just behind the
bead leaving the butts outside these winds of thread.
5. Grasp the butts of the Pheasant Tail Fibres and spiral them forward to
just behind the bead. Note: you may find it useful to use hackle pliers
to grasp the fibres. Take a couple of wraps of thread to secure the fibres
in position behind the bead.
6. Spiral the Copper Wire forward in an open spiral to just behind the bead.
Five to six turns is usually about right. Take a couple of turns of thread
to secure the copper wire and cut off the excess.
7. The butts of the Pheasant Tail Fibres should now be used to form a
collar just behind the bead using turns of thread to hold them in position.
Trim the excess butts so that the collar is about 1/3 body length.
8. Whip finish behind the bead and cut the thread.
|Fishing The Fly|
The combination of bead head and copper wire make this a heavy fly. It is most effective in moving water, however, it does not have to be fast water. It is usually fished with a strike indicator just above or bouncing along the bottom. In the smaller sizes (#16-20) it also makes a good midge pupa imitation and can be fished shallower. The best all around size that I have found is the #14.
This is a great fly to fish in high winds. Its weight makes it very easy to punch through wind even with a 5 wt. line. It is also a fly that is durable and still works just as well after being well chewed by a number of fish. One of my best days with the Bead Head Pheasant Tail was on the Hiwassee in 20+ mph winds. The fly that I started fishing with in the morning some 12-14 fish later caught an 18" Brown in the afternoon.