CDC Pheasant Tail SBS

Last month Blake showed us how to tie up the Chubby Chernobyl, this month he gives us a good fly to hang off the back of that big honkin’ floater. Just in time for the season opener in Georgia I might add. A pheasant tail by itself is one of those flies that works on any trout stream in the world. Adding CDC to it is like putting ice cream on apple pie – it just makes sense.

Materials:

–          Bead to fit hook

–          Lead

–          Pheasant tail fibers

–          Flash

–          Wire

–          Peacock

–          CDC

1. I like to use a 2x long nymph hook when using beads to account for the bead. Choose the size bead you want and slide it on to the hook. I also like to put some lead on the shank to keep the bead in place and add a little weight to get the fly down to where the fish are. The more weight that I have in the fly (while still making it look normal), the less shot that I have to add to the line.

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2. Cover the shank with thread. Make sure that you have a nice taper.

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3. Tie in the pheasant tail fibers. I like to use a few extra fibers for a thicker tail.

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4. Tie in the wire rib. I used a copper bead and copper rib also

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5. Wrap pheasant tail 2/3 of the shank length. I wrap the pheasant tail the opposite direction that I normally wrap materials so that the rib will be counter wrapped.

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6. Counter wrap the rib.

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7. Tie in a few pieces of krystal flash.

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  1. Then tie in some pheasant tail fibers.

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  1. Tie in peacock and palmer to the back of the bead.

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10. Pull over the pheasant tail and tie in. Then pull over the flash and tie in. The flash is subtle, but it’s there.

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11. Last step is to make a loop, add just enough CDC fibers to make one full wrap around the fly. I don’t like a giant amount of CDC on there, just enough to give the hint of legs. Tie in loop and whip finish your thread.

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Finished fly, enjoy!

 

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1 comment
  1. Excellent pattern and thanks for the clear instructions!

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