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Bead Head Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail

Soft hackles have proven themselves to be some of the best wet fly patterns there are due to their lifelike movement and pulsating action. Add a bead head to this pattern and you have one of the best wet flies available. Read the review below for a great tip on how to fish this wet fly. Color, Natural. Fly pattern available in sizes: 12, 14, 16.
Average Customer Rating:
4.875 out of 5
4.9
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7 of 8(88%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Bead Head Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail
Review 1 for Bead Head Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Works on the Big Horn River, MT.,
July 25, 2012
By: OnedriftRick
from Prior Lake, MN.
"I have been using this fly very successfully for over ten years on Big Horn River near Ft. Smith, MT. A simple cast across the river and drift downstream to dead drift produces aggressive strikes. One word of caution, "Have good grip on your rod and forget the 7X. If nothing is hatching try it. Keep the salad off your fly."
Review 2 for Bead Head Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Brookies go crazy,
June 18, 2012
By: tobey73
from Maine
"Water has been very high this spring here in Maine. Tried this fly for the first time last Friday on a small stream.
Got 6 nice Brookies on it in a matter of hours.
Fish love it and now so do I!
As usual product is great quality.
"
Review 3 for Bead Head Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Watauga river score,
June 12, 2012
By: Gallagher
from Mountain city , TN
"Nice for deeper pools or fishing light tail waters or roll cast under low hanging trees seems to do very well"
Review 4 for Bead Head Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
BH Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail,
October 4, 2010
By: Catchnrelease
Good Value: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Meets Expectations: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Appearance: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
"Great pattern for both off-colored water as well as for fishing faster water. I have been able to get fish to take this deep, as well as nearer the surface. The hackle is gone after 2 or 3 fish as they'll rip it off there during the fight, but you're still left with a pretty solid Pheasant Tail after. Could be more durable, but still a great pattern."
Review 5 for Bead Head Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best all around nymph.,
July 7, 2010
By: halliday
from Holmdel, NJ. I fish everywhere in the North East.
Good Value: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Meets Expectations: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Appearance: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
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"I have found this to be the best all around nymph for fishing darker tea colored water (my favorite) in the north east and New England. I like it soo much I try to keep fifty on hand at all time. Some to fish, some to give away. Get some."
Review 6 for Bead Head Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Another great nymph,
January 18, 2008
By: Muskrat
from Oakville, ON
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"I like to use these in slightly coloured water. Cast forward, let sink to the bottom, then actively retrieve. The motion causes the hackles to pulsate and that can trigger a strike. Or fish like a wet fly, quartering down and across. The strike usually comes in the middle of the swing, or just as you begin the retrieve. Of course you can always dead drift like any nymph."
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Ratings-Only Reviews for Bead Head Soft Hackle Pheasant Tail
Based on the average of (2) ratings-only reviews
Overall Rating: 
4.5 / 5
4.5 / 5
Would recommend? Yes 1 out of 2