Beady Eyed Pheasant

'Beady Eyed Pheasant' by Richard Mayer :: The LOONS Flyfishing Club

Fly design and tie by Richard Mayer © 1996

MY ‘GO TO’ FLY FOR STILLWATER, especially shallow bays with weedy bottoms and clear top water. Once I began to uncover this design and evolved the fly further over two seasons that followed inception, no further adaptations were or have been made. The following are some my personal statistics for the Beady Eyed Pheasant…

  • Used successfully on BC stillwaters and streams.
  • Methods of presentation for stillwaters… fished on a long leader and floating line, chironomid style, early in the season; or cast and stripped on full sink line, using retrieve varying from moderate hand twist to very rapid. Effective at any point in the water column from bottom to just below the surface.
  • Method of presentation for streams… fished on a long leader and floating line as a deep sunk nymph.
  • Number of different types of fish caught equals 3… rainbow trout, cutthroat trout and bass.
  • Best day for numbers of fish hooked is 30… rainbow trout at Salmon Lake; heaviest fish about 5 pounds.

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