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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.
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:
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.
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There are many variations on the CC, here’s one of our favorites, or substitute your own colors and materials:
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