Sawyers pheasant tail nymph tied to the original specification just using pheasant tail fibres and copper wire. Never had any joy on it on rivers or still waters.
Tweak it a bit then it is a different matter. Tied with a peacock herl thorax or an orange or pearl thorax it becomes one of my most...
I tie a variant using red holo tinsel for the rib and red rabbit fur for the tail.
I tie it on long shank single hooks for sea trout and doubles for salmon. Could have been a fluke but I caught my biggest ever salmon, a fish 35 inches long estimated at 17 lbs on this pattern.
The rabbit fur...
Like you I tend to put on the latest "fashion" flies but invariably before the end of the day I finish up fishing two flies, black Pennel on the point and Kate maclaren on the dropper. Usually works where the others have failed.
My favourite colour for sinking buzzers is black, with a red holo tinsel rib.
For floating buzzers I like a shipmans buzzer in dark claret with a pearl rib and white foam breathers. I tie the bodies with claret seals fur blended with some black . For a darker Fly just increase the quantity of...
I really like that fly, just something about it that's got my attention. Next time I have a session at the vice I will tie up 2 or 3 and give them a chuck on my next outing. Thanks for sharing it .:thumbs:
Why not tie up a few of each? some with cock, some with hen hackles. Let the fish be the judges as to which is best. I would be interested in the results but suspect there would be little difference in catch rate between them.
The way my season has gone this year I would accept any fish no matter how small. Still hopeful of catching something of a decent size before the end of my club's season on both river and still waters.
Advancing age and health issues have severely restricted me this year. My advice to anyone is...
Well done Wales. They are in with a chance against Portugal in the semi. The depth of the squad will be tested due to the loss of Ramsey who has for me been one of the outstanding players in the tournament.
My club water is 35 miles from home, my route takes me on the M6 and M65 so it's in the lap of the traffic gods as to how long it takes to get to the reservoirs.
If there are no hold ups it's a comfortable 45 minute drive each way.
I think it is a "fashion thing". We read the magazines or the Internet and see the latest designed guaranteed killer flies and just have to give them a go. Some work some don't.
If a old traditional pattern worked well in the past I see no reason whilst it would not work today. My two favourite...