Body Stretch PTN
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Fly Pattern History
The PTN (pheasant tail nymph) has been in the fly fisherís armoury for centuries. The original pattern had the body, tail and thorax cover composed from the tail feathers of a pheasant, hence the name. This pattern has been so successful due to the scope of naturals which this fly can emulate. Depending on the combination of pheasant tail colour and hook size can cover anything from tiny olives to large stoneflies. Using the body stretch material for the body gives a translucency and appearance of the natural insects. The peacock glister thorax is there mainly as I love this material in any thorax situation. This addition both makes the fly look great and the fish love it too. Peacock glister is fantastic for any thorax from nymphs to dries. This pattern is always on my cast when river fishing or when nymph fishing on still waters.
Fly Tying Method
1. Slide on gold bead and start to bed hook behind gold bead.
2. Select 3 slips from a natural pheasant tail, pinch and loop the slips to form a tail.
3. Trim excess pheasant tail fibres and tie in a piece of body stretch material. Pull the body stretch and overlay the material with thread until you meet the point where the tail meets the hook. Return the thread to behind the gold head.
4. Keeping the body stretch taught wind the body stretch towards the eye in overlapping turns. Once you have reached the thorax area catch the material in.
5. Pull the body stretch back toward the tail flattening the material. Place a few wraps of thread over this as this will give you a nice flat thorax cover.
6. Apply wax to the thread and dub with peacock glister. You donít need much glister to get the desired effect. Brush thorax with dubbing brush if required.
7. To finish the fly place the body stretch over the thorax and catch in with thread, making sure that the thorax cover remains flat. Trim the excess, whip finish and varnish.
Tight lines and good luck!
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