This fly does not appear to be at its best when it is pulled fairly quickly; rather fish it static or slowly.

The main problem is obtaining the distinctively marked silver pheasant flank feathers as they are not stocked by the majority of tackle shops. To obtain these you will need to approach a specialist fly tying source. Thanks to the internet they should not be too difficult to track down.


Hook-long shank size 8 or 6
Working silk-black
Body-black chenille
Body rib-silver wire
Beard hackle-scarlet hackle fibres
Wing-two round ended white and black/silver pheasant hen flank feathers.

Tying instructions

1. Starting at the hook bend, tie in the black chenille and the silver wire.
2. Wind the silk to just under a quarter of an inch from the eye.
3. Wind on the black chenille and tie off leaving plenty of room near the hook eye.
4. Turn the hook upside down in the vice and tie a bunch of
scarlet hackle fibres.
5. Take two silver pheasant flank feathers and measure them up to
the hook so there is a good tail. Cut the feather to size, cutting the surplus from the fat end.
6. Strip about an 1/8 of the fibres from the fat end.
7. Place the hook up against the feather for a second time. Remove the fibres from the underside of feather so that the hook neatly fits in.
8. Place the hook the right way up in the vice. Tie in the silver
pheasant feathers back to back. Tie in the stripped 1/8 inch of
feather using the whipping silk that is near the eye. The feathers should lie perfectly on the hook.
9. Wind the silver wire through the fibres and over the hook shank. Take care to push the wire neatly through the fibres so as not to flatten them.
10. Tie off the silver wire after removing the excess. Finish off with a whip finish