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    Default size 20 Pheasant Tail Nymph

    I have tied up 2 PTN with a pheasant tail thorax and 2 with a pearly thorax.

    Would I catch anything with them?
    Should I have weighted them?

    Also what flies should I use for low, clear water (river)!??


    Advice please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArcticFoxFly
    I have tied up 2 PTN with a pheasant tail thorax and 2 with a pearly thorax.

    Would I catch anything with them?
    Should I have weighted them?

    Also what flies should I use for low, clear water (river)!??


    Advice please.
    The classic Sawyer PT nymph will catch in all kinds of places size 20 will catch you a shed load of fish ,thats if yiu match yor tackle with it ,they dont fish well on a 7/8 oufit a 3/4 will suit and a 4 lb tippet in Stroft or similar .
    the copper wire will take it down and you can yse induced take tactics
    Andy Wren
    Still fishing but slowly!

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    Fairplay to you. Thats a small PTN! I've never gone below an 18. You want the fly to be fairly 'slim.' This helps it to sink faster, and looks more like a real mayfly nymph. If it looks ok, then you should indeed be able to catch lots of fish on it. I would use the pearl ones on sunny days.

    Copper wire will help it to sink. Also try using sinkant on your leader, use a longer than normal section of fine flourocarbon tippet, and make sure that you put the fly well upstream of where the fish are (or where you suspect them to be) so that it has time to get down to them.

    Another trick that works with these small nymphs is the sort of washing line idea. It works on rivers too. Put a heavy fly on as a dropper, like a big grayling bug or a heavy bead head. Then put the tiny nymph on the point about 16 inches below the dropper. In this manner, your heavy nymph will tick along the bottom, and your lighter nymph will be tumbling more freely in the current above it. This can be very effective, and you will also catch fish on the dropper fly.

    You might want to think about removing the barb on the size 20. Its a small nymph and chances are it will get sucked right down. You'll mangle less tiny flies this way when extracting them too.

    Mike

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