01-19-2011, 10:41 PM
Re: Beginner tying troubles with pheasant tail nymph legs
Hey 10trout welcome to the forum. The pheasant tail nymph is a great choice for a pattern-- and Jimmie gave you great advice.
It sounds like you're doing everything right. When you get to the point where you pull over the fibers for the thorax, take a few turns of thread to keep them in place over the top ot the peacock. The tips of the pheasant fibers should be pointing out directly over the eye.
Assuming your right handed,
Leave the thread bobbin hanging behind the eye
With your right hand using a bodkin or fingers, divide the tips into two bunches, and stroke one bunch along the near side of the hook and one bunch along the far side of the hook for legs.
Hold the two bunches of fibers in place with your left hand pinching the far and near side fibers together with your thumb and index finger of your left hand while you take a two or three turns of thread over the fibers to lock them in place.
If you used 6 pheasant fibers for the wing case over the thorax you should end up with 3 legs pointing back on each side.
I hope this helps--- if it doesn't, feel free to post some pics and maybe we can give you better advice.
And keep asking questions-- I'm sure you'll have a ton of them as you get into it-- we all learn a lot from each other here.