Sunday’s Classic / Pheasant Tail Nymph Attractor

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Pheasant Tail Nymph Attractor. Photo By: Louis Cahill

I’m a firm believer in utilizing a bright attractor nymph in my tandem nymph rigs during the winter months.  A couple years back, I thought to myself, why not take a proven traditional fly patterns and modify them with bright attractor fly tying materials. This way you can bank on both the proven profile characteristics and the flashy appeal. One of the first fly patterns I came up with for this idea was this pheasant tail attractor nymph above. It’s been very successful for me on the water. I generally use it as a dropper in my tandem nymph rig in size 16-20. Try a traditional bead head pheasant tail nymph in a 14-16 with my attractor pheasant tail nymph in a 18-20. It’s a deadly combination for me during the winter months.

Try experimenting with modifying other proven traditional nymph patterns into attractor nymphs. I’m a strong believer however in always using one natural (non-attractor) style nymph and one attractor nymph in my tandem rigs. This seems to work the best for me on the water. A few of our Gink & Gasoline followers have emailed us photos of some really nice catches fishing it so give it a try.

Pheasant Tail Attractor Nymph

Nymph Hook: 14-20
Tail: Natural Pheasant Tail
Ribbing: Ultra Wire Small – Blue
Abdomen: Flashabou Dubbing – Light Blue
Shellback: 6-8 strands of Flashabou – Pearl
Thorax/Collar: Natural Pheasant Tail
Thread: 6/0 Brown Uni-Thread
Head: 5/64 to 3/32 Nickel Bead
Keep it Reel,
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Kent Klewein
Gink & Gasoline
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7 thoughts on “Sunday’s Classic / Pheasant Tail Nymph Attractor

  1. I love it! I often tie traditional flies in material with a bit of bling…although my fishing buddies laugh they cannot explain the catch rate during the colder months which I love to fish.

    • Trap,

      Coldwater seems to make bright fly patterns more attractive to trout. I think it has to do a lot with the trout’s instincts and genetic code. They get trout moving and looking at our offerings when they normally are lethargic and hugging the bottom of the stream or river. It’s good to hear you’ve witnessed the same thing. Thanks for chiming in.


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