How To Tie : A Bozeman Guide’s Favorite Fly – Fins and Feathers Bozeman
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How To Tie : A Bozeman Guide’s Favorite Fly

This uber-cold weather that has settled into Southwest Montana the last few weeks had had me thinking about my journeys South as of late. A little fly tying always seems to curb the obsession just enough to let me get back to reality for at least a few hours. One of my favorite nymph [atterns of all time is from New Zealand, developed by a guide (Dean Bell) in Fiordlands. I came across the pattern in a book called “New Zealand’s Best Trout Flies” by Peter Scott. Fly pattern books are always great ways to get the gears turning and this (probably out of print but you should look anyway!) has always been one of my favorite.

The Reverend’s Pheasant Tail is typically tied with a tungsten bead and is an awesome dropper nymph, fished below a large attractor dry. I first fished it on the waters of New Zealand under various Wulff’s and Parachute patterns. Today, I consider it one of my “goto” guide flies for midsummer days on the upper Madison & Yellowstone rivers and late spring on the Missouri River. This is a great fly pattern for fishing just about anywhere in Montana where there are Mayfiles present (EVERYWHERE) and all of our Bozeman fly fishing guide’s keep a few stashed away when our fly bins are empty! Here’s a quick look at how to tie this effective and simple pattern.