Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail

This fly is so simple, yet very effective. The soft hackle has been in use for over 200 years and shows no sign of fading off into the sunset anytime soon.

Materials Needed:

Hook:  DRO 7021size 10-18 or equal

Thread:  6/0 Veevus Brown Thread

Body:  Pheasant Tail natural or dyed to desired color

Rib:  Small copper wire

Thorax:  Peacock Herl

Hackle:  Partridge or Speckled hens back


Step 1:  Start thread in center of hook and wrap to rear of hook until thread is directly above the barb.

Step 2:  Tie in a piece of copper wire.  No tie in a 5-6 strands of pheasant tail at the same location.  Allow the tips to extend to the rear of the hook to form a tail allowing the rest of the stems to hang in place.

Step 3:  Wrap thread forward to covering 2/3 of the hook shank.  Wrap Pheasant Tail stems forward to the thread tie it off and clip the excess.  Counter wrap the copper wire over the pheasant tail and tie off at same place and clip off excess.

Step 4:  Tie in a piece of peacock herl.  Wrap thread forward slightly.  Drop a small drop of head cement on the hook and then wrap the peacock herl forward tightly for 2-3 turns.  Tie off peacock herl and clip excess.

Step 5:  Tie in a small Hungarian Partridge feather by the tip end and make 3 turns in place.  Tie off and clip excess feather.  Note when wrapped the barbs of the feather should extend ¾ of the length of the fly.