Ascending Pheasant Tail, Nov 2009
This pattern is a variation on a basic Pheasant tail and other descending nymph patterns, but has a more buoyant effect when fished behind a weighted nymph, or as a dropper off your leader.
The big difference is the behavior of the fly. The buoyant effect of the foam thorax when fished behind a weighted nymph or as a dropper off your leader causes the fly to swim to the surface, often evoking a strike. The fly is great later in the season or when fish are becoming particularly choosy. Fished in smaller sizes (12-16) the different presentation provided by the ascending nymph can make all the difference to a successful day’s fishing.
1 Tie a standard Pheasant tail to the thorax.
2 Attach a thin strip of fly foam at base of thorax.
3 A few turns of synthetic seals fur.
4 Pull foam over the thorax, and whip finish.
This could not be any easier for a very dramatically changed effect. Give it a go - fishing is all about trying new techniques and patterns!