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1. About The Flashback Pheasant Tail
The FPT is a simple variant on the already effective, natural looking Pheasant Tail nymph. It simply adds a strip of flashabou, to garner more attention when conditions warrent, such as spring flows when water is deeper and murkier.
2. When and How To Fish It
Use mostly with a bead head for more attraction and weight, but use without a bead head as a dropper or to fish higher in the water column. If you rig a double nymph, use a less noticeable fly behind this one (attractor used to bring trout closer to see a more natural pattern), on a slightly thinner tippet.
Fish the Flashback exactly as you would a natural nymph imitation using the following techniques:
Under conditions where more attraction is needed to get the trout’s attention – such as spring flows
Dead drift by itself, or ideally as a dropper off a Wooly Bugger or large dry such as a Chubby Chernobyl
Be sure to try different sizes and with/without flash to ascertain what they are taking
Use a tungsten bead variant as an effective Euro-nymphing fly
3. Tie It, or Buy It?
For fly tying, this is an-intermediate level fly. As a smaller fly, it has less room for error than the larger attractors and streamers. It requires a range of skills and several different materials, so for beginners is a good one to challenge yourself to move to intermediate level. For experts, there are a few variations to consider, but this fly is mostly one to tie a bunch in different sizes to be ready for stream-side and save yourself a little money instead of purchasing.