Tying the Beady Eyed Pheasant

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

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Pattern Dressing

Hook: TMC 3761, size 14 to 10Roche Lake rainbow trout :: The LOONS Flyfishing ClubDamselfly shuck :: The LOONS Flyfishing Club
Thread: Black, 8/0
Head: Brass bead, size to suit
Tail: 4 to 6 pheasant tail fibres
Body: Pheasant tail fibres
Rib: Medium brass wire
Beard: 4 to 6 pheasant tail fibres
Wing: 5 to 7 pheasant tail fibres

Tying Sequence

'Beady Eyed Pheasant' ~ step 1 :: The LOONS Flyfishing Club

'Beady Eyed Pheasant' ~ step 2 :: The LOONS Flyfishing Club

Debarb hook, feed appropriately-sized brass bead onto shank and secure bead tight behind eye with thread.

Build up tapered underbody of tying thread… to give pheasant tail body the desired shape.

'Beady Eyed Pheasant' ~ step 3 :: The LOONS Flyfishing Club

'Beady Eyed Pheasant' ~ step 4 :: The LOONS Flyfishing Club

Select 4 to 6 long pheasant tail fibres for the tail and tie onto shank, leaving butt ends to use as body; tie in wire rib.

Wind butt ends of tail fibres to bead, tie off and trim excess.

'Beady Eyed Pheasant' ~ step 5 :: The LOONS Flyfishing Club

'Beady Eyed Pheasant' ~ step 6 :: The LOONS Flyfishing Club

Counter-wind wire ribbing to bead, tie off and trim excess.

Turn fly over – upside down – and tie in 4 to 6 pheasant tail fibres as beard; trim excess.

'Beady Eyed Pheasant' ~ step 7 :: The LOONS Flyfishing Club

'Beady Eyed Pheasant' ~ step 8 :: The LOONS Flyfishing Club

Turn fly over – right side up – and tie in 5 to 7 pheasant tail fibres as wing, trim excess and whip finish.

Finished fly.

A simple pattern that is very easy to tie. If you can tie a Doc Spratley, the Beady Eyed Pheasant is basically a ‘stripped down’ Spratley. Now… go tie somefind a good weedy stillwater, and… hang on!!!

Richard Mayer

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