The Pheasant Tail may well be the greatest trout nymph the world has ever seen. Mr. Sawyer's creation has gone through a lot of changes over the years and the original pheasant tail's many variants are all effective in their own right. When tied on a jig hook with a CDC collar, a classic pattern is made all the deadlier! The metallic light pink tungsten bead only sweetens the deal.
Here's what Umpqua has to say: "Who hasn’t relied on the Pheasant Tail nymph to end a slump at some point in their fishing lifetime? Well, add a tungsten bead on a jigged hook and collar it with some CDC and you’ve literally created magic. This fly gets down quickly, has natural action (CDC) and rides point up resulting in fewer hang-ups on the bottom. The ultimate confidence fly!"