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How to tie a Cove Pheasant Tail

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This simple all-round nymph pattern invented by Arthur Cove is a must have for all fresh water fly fishers, it is best fished on a floating line and long leader and a very slow retrieve.

An excellent midge or sedge pupa imitation. The thorax could be tied with alternative materials, from different coloured seals fur substitutes through to windings of flat silver or pearly tinsel.

Materials needed

Tying thread

Wet fly hooks 10-12

Fine Copper or Gold wire

Cock Pheasant Centre Tail

Hare or Rabbit fur



Step 1.


Tie in a piece of fine ribbing wire just behind the eye and bind it down the shank with the thread and around the bend.


Step 2.


Catch in 3-4 Cock Pheasant Tail fibres by their tips and carry the thread back up to a point roughly one third of the shanks length back from the eye 

Step 3.


Put a small amount of varnish on the hook shank and the wind the pheasant tail fibres in touching turns to where the thread is parked. Tie in the fibres and trim the waste.


Step 4.


Wind the ribbing material up the hook shank in an opposite spiral to the same point and tie in firmly. Remove the waste.

Tip; Don’t use your best scissors to trim away the waste wire, either use an old pair or bend the wire to and fro to snap it off at the tie in point.



Step 5.


Take another bunch of cock pheasant tail fibres and tie in on top of the hook shank. Trim away any waste ends.


Step 6.


Now dub a small amount of Hare or Rabbit fur onto the thread and wind forward to cover the fibre tie in point.



Step 7. 


Pull the pheasant tail fibres forward over the dubbed fur to form a thorax, tie down firmly.


Step 8.


Remove the waste ends before finishing the fly with a whip finish and varnishing the head.


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