Monday, September 26, 2011

Pheasant Tail Jig Flies - Adding hot spots

I'm going to miss fishing dry flies. I've really fallen in love with it this summer and after the BWOs start to taper off, I can only hope to get lucky with some occasional surface action on midges.

That being said, I know it's time to start getting ready for a long winter of nymphing. I've had some major luck on pheasant tails with hot spots (mostly orange) and I've caught quite a few fish on jig patterns over the winter so making pheasant tail jigs is a no-brainer.

Incorporating some orange to your PTs can be done a few ways. Here are 3 different variations.

All flies are tied using:
Dohiku barbless jig hook, size 16
Ringneck Pheasant Tail
UTC Ultra Wire
Jan Siman Peacock Broze dubbing
Tungsten Bead

First up, the easiest way to do it. Add a colored tungsten bead and call it a day.

Next up, try adding a collar. Finish your fly with the natural colored thread, and have another bobbin waiting with some neon thread to add a color. For this, I used Glo-Brite hot orange floss. I like to size down the bead when adding collars, I just think it looks cleaner.

Finally, here's a variation where I swapped out the gold ribbing for some orange UTC.

It's also time to chase Salmon and Steelhead again. I'll be heading to SRNY in 14 days. Here's a sneak peak of an upcoming steelhead stonefly post.


  1. Sweet looking nymphs.

  2. Nice nymphs...I actually look forward to Winter. Less activity, but its simpler in my eyes. Plus less crowds!

  3. Hot spots are a great addition to fall fly selection.

  4. Thanks guys.

    MKoloch out of nowhere! What's up man? you hitting the Salmon at all soon?

  5. No salmon this year...Between my sons first birthday & my sister's having a baby, the fall is to busy. Other trips are in the works though!!