A "Cold" that is.... Should have known as much as we spent quite a bit of time with my Grandson's over the Christmas Holiday, and, guess what they were packing. (A head cold)
You know that sneezing, runny nose, congestion, just feel underwhelmed all over feeling.......
Well, anyway, fighting through it and glad that I got it out of the way so early in the New Year 2017!
Thought I would take some time to share my version of the Hot Head P.T. Nymph.......
The Pheasant Tail Nymph (P.T.), as most folks know who have ventured into fly fishing circles, is one of the true "All Time Standards" for use when nymph fishing. That is, traditionally, without the BeadHead, Then in the 1990's along came the "BeadHead" craze in fly tying and many, many nymph patterns were rolled over to Beadhead patterns by adding a weighted bead at the head of the fly. Wouldn't you know it.......... The Beadhead version of a Pheasant Tail Nymph became ridiculously effective on trout waters and on warm water ponds. As years past, fly tyers got another blessing. The BeadHead patterns could then be tied with Tungsten Beads! Extra weight over the Brass Beads and designed to be fished deep and slow through the holding spots on trout streams where Ol' Walter hangs out. On ponds, your Pheasant Tail nymphs tied with a Tungsten bead allowed you to get your nymph down quicker to fish holding deeper waiting for, you guessed it, Ol' Walter to come swimming along. Nowadays, fly shops feature Brass Beads and Tungsten beads that come in bright colors to allow for the appearance of a Hot Spot near the head of the nymph. Success Rate - Deadly - You just need to convince yourself to think outside the box and give these patterns a try.
Hot Head P.T. Nymph
Hook: Tiemco 2457 2x heavy Scud hook
Hot Head: In this case, Hot Pink, but could be, Hot Orange, Chartreuse etc.
Thread: Black 6/0
Tail: At least (4) fibers from a Pheasant Tail, tips rearward
Rib: I prefer using small gold wire
Body: Pheasant Tail fibers, twisted together to make a small rope
Thorax: Dubbing, in this case, a Hot Purple Ice Dub. Choice is yours!
An easy pattern to tie, and, extremely effective if you fish nymphs on trout streams and stillwaters. So you Nymph Tyers don't forget the Hot Head P.T. Nymph at the vise this year!