Hook: Standard Nymph, size 10 to 20.
Thread: Black (I sometimes use orange). Weight: Lead wraps.
Abdomen/Body: Turkey Tail Feathers.
Tail: Turkey tail feather fibers. Rib: Fine copper or red wire.
Thorax: Ice Peacock Dubbing.
Wing Case: Dark/Black (or holographic) nymph skin coated with epoxy.
Legs: Partridge. Bead: (optional) Gold or Copper.
This is the Farmington River’s version of the Pheasant Tail nymph. It’s much darker than a PT nymph. Those that fish the Angry Jake instead of the PT nymph swear by it. This is my version of it.
Begin by placing your bead on the hook then insert in vice. Add a layer of thread from behind the bead to the bend of the hook. Add wraps of lead approximately 1/3rd the length of the hook shank behind the bead. Cover with thread then give it a coat of Hard as Nails. Tie in 3-5 strands of Turkey Tail feathers at the bend of the hook. Leave the tag end of the turkey feathers. Tie in additional turkey fibers if needed for the Abdomen. Tie in red copper ribbing. Palmer the turkey tail forward to create your abdomen. Counter wrap the abdomen with red copper wire. Tie in your nymph case. Dub your thorax with peacock dubbing. Tie in your legs on each side of the fly. Bring your wing case over the thorax and tie it off. The fly is finished. I like to epoxy the wing case to give the nymph a little extra flash.
This fly can also be viewed at the Housatonic Fly Fishermen’s Association website at www.hffa.net . If you have any questions about this fly or would like to submit a Fly of the Month I can be reached at 203 305-3850 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.