How Do You Tie a Pheasant Tail Nymph for Fly Fishing?

Fly fishing is a popular sport that requires tying knots. One of the most useful knots for fly fishermen is the Pheasant Tail Nymph, which is used to attach a leader line to a fly.

This knot is simple to tie and provides great strength and security for the angler.

The first step in tying this knot is to loop the leader line around the hook eye two times, so that there are two loops around the eye. Then, take one of the loops and thread it under both of the other loops.

Next, thread it over itself in order to create a secure anchor point.

Once this anchor point is created, thread the remaining loop through it and pull it tight. You will then have a half hitch knot.

To complete the Pheasant Tail Nymph knot, take a small piece of pheasant tail feathers and wrap them tightly around both loops of the leader line at least four times. Finally, pull tight on both ends of the leader line while holding onto the pheasant tail feathers in order to secure them.


Fly fishing requires many different knots, but one of the most important and versatile knots for anglers is known as the Pheasant Tail Nymph knot. It is simple to tie and provides great strength when attaching a leader line to a fly. With practice and patience anyone can become an expert at tying this useful knot.

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Lindsay Collins