Tiny Baetis mayflies are perhaps the most commonly encountered and imitated by anglers on all American trout streams due to their great abundance, widespread distribution, and trout-friendly emergence habits.
Kschaefer3 on Mar 12, 2013March 12th, 2013, 5:27 am EDT
Then I palmer the hackle backwards to the top of the tail where the wire is tied in and then counter-wrap the wire over it forward, whip finishing at the head per usual.
Are you a spey fisherman? My friend taught me that technique tying a temple dog (ish) pattern. He said that it is often used in winged spey patterns. He isn't a doctor though, so I don't know if I believe him ;)
Sayfu on Mar 12, 2013March 12th, 2013, 6:29 am EDT
I do believe that was the method used by the Pheasant Tail inventor (can't think of guy's name right now?) I've used that method lately on my pheasant tail soft hackles, wrapping down the abdomen pheasant tail fibers, and then copper ribbing forward securing the fibers.
Jmd123 on Mar 12, 2013March 12th, 2013, 7:02 am EDT
I am actually not a Spey fisherman, not much of a steelheader period, but I like the way the hackle sits on the fly when wound from head to tail and not vice versa. Personal preference, I guess...I tie my Elkhair Caddis the same way, using very fine wire so as not to add any weight to a dry fly. I think in both cases the wire adds a little flash and segmentation to the fly.
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
Wbranch on Mar 12, 2013March 12th, 2013, 7:10 am EDT
I found this on-line;
"Over 600 species of mayflies dwell in North America, and most of them are small and brown when they are nymphs. Thus the small, brown Pheasant Tail Nymph suggests a wide range of living creatures that trout are fond of munching. In rivers, it resembles pale morning duns, blue-winged olives, March browns, and a host of others. In lakes, it's a darn good representation of a Callibaetis nymph.
Originally tied by Frank Sawyer, the Pheasant Tail Nymph is one of the oldest of modern nymphs. A few good wrinkles have been added over the years, such as the peacock thorax, optional beadhead, etc., but when you peel them away, it's still Sawyer's elegantly simple, generically suggestive, devastatingly effective nymph."
Sayfu on Mar 12, 2013March 12th, 2013, 8:06 am EDT
Sawyer yes, I thought of it after my post. And I too have read the fact the PT nymph does represent well a number of species of Mayflies. I even use that flat 70 denier thread in a reddish brown color (UTC) that I can't find by any other maker. It closely resembles the PT coloration. And for my BWO soft hackle emergers?...I use the PT nymph concept with peacock herl for the abdomen, and either a brown Partridge feather for the hackle, or starling in the very small size.