By Johnny Doublehaul
What’s EZ to tie and EZ to fish? The EZ Nymph of course! This catch-all pattern comprised solely of pheasant tail feather fibers is perfect for lazy-day bluegills, or a generally buggy nymph to try out on trout.
Hook: Nymph Size 10-16
Body: PT Fibers
Wing: PT Fibers
Start by tying in 8 to 10 pheasant tail feather fibers so that you have roughly two times the length of the hook shank hanging out over the back of the fly (1). Once secure, advance your thread to just behind the hook eye and begin carefully wrapping the fibers toward the front, using your off-hand to hold them in place with each wrap, until you reach the thread and formed the body of the fly. Tie the fibers in place with a few wraps of thread (2).
Next, fold the fibers back over the body, forming the wing - try to spread the wing over the top half of the hook, providing for a rounded profile (3). Secure the wing with a few thread wraps. From there, you can make a thread head, whip finish and cement (4).
Tie these handy little flies up with bright thread, or start with a beadhead for added flash. A few dozen should have you set for the season, and you can crank that many out in less than an hour, so you’ll be well stocked to get out there and go get ‘em!