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Old 12-03-2008, 03:17 PM
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im just wondering how you guys to your pheasant tail nymphs. do you use a bead, ribbing, peacock herl. but im really interested in what hook you guys use. My family has a debate on this all the time. My uncle likes to use curved shank hooks like a scud hook while my grandfather uses a straight shank hook. what looks more natural and what do guys prefer.
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I have tied mine both ways. I prefer the straight hook better. to me it seems to look better in the water.

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my uncle seems to think the opposite. he thinks that the curved hooks look more natural.

have you had more success with one over the other.



here's a picture of a mayfly nymph. to me it looks curved.
http://www.bugsurvey.nsw.gov.au/html...-ny-a_col.html
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I can see his point, because the nymph, as it comes up the the surface to leave the water, will curve its body to move in the water. I tie mine with the tail bent down at a slight angle (I wrap the body so that it starts around the curve of the hook).

I really haven't seen a difference between the two. As it was explained to me by the person i learned to fly fish from. The fish don't look at the fly as a whole. the fish will focus on a few characteristics that are the same as the hatching bug (ex. color, shape, etc).

I hope this makes sense.
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For me it seems size and color are the two MOST important points when trying to imitate a bug. After that everything is iceing on the cake.
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I forgot about the size, sorry

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My wife told me "size doesn't matter".
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I use a #14 straight hook. No BH. I thought a G.R.H.E. was supposed to be sort of a meaty nymph but the PT was supposed be be rather slim, at least that's how I tie mine. In any event, three barbs of pheasant and copper wire rib for abdomen, peacock herl for thorax. I use some more pheasant tail for the wing case and then fold it under for the legs.
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I've always tied them on straight hook, as thats the way Frank Sawyer's pattern specified. I like the idea of cuved shanked ptns though.... their both right.
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