American Pheasant Tail Nymph

Fly: Andy Simon, photograph: Hans Weilenmann

Hook: Size 16-nymph hook
Thread: black size 70 ultra thread
Tail: Pheasant tail fibers
Rib: Red ultra wire
Abdomen: Pheasant tail fibers
Wing case: Pheasant tail fibers
Tail: Pheasant tail fibers
Thorax: Peacock herl
Legs: Pheasant tail fibers
Note: For this wonderful fly I need to give credit to Al Troth, one of the greatest fishermen and tier in existence. His many contributions to the fly fishing community include the Elk Hair Caddis and the American PT Nymph.

I use this fly as my standard mayfly nymph, in sized 10-22. I also dress it thin, to imitate a swimming nymph or thick to mimic a clinger, and so on. I fish the pt nymph just about every way you can: fast pulls just under the surface, in the film, dead drift, on the swing, and even dry at times. I think the reason this pattern has taken so many fish for me is that I have complete confidence in it, and I know that if you fish it right, it will take fish.

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