Like the Muddler Minnow, the Hot Spot Pheasant Tail nymph is a fly that can really make things happen in the brook trout waters of Algonquin Park and beyond. Some of my biggest brook trout of last season fell to tiny PT Hot Spot nymphs. Quite a few smallmouth bass and suckers couldn't leave this fly alone either.
It works quite nicely when fished on a short line with enough split shot to get it ticking the bottom of the stream. It is equally effective when used as a dropper fly in still waters.
This should come as no surprise. After all, the pheasant tail nymph is on every top ten list of must-have patterns. The only difference here is that we've added a hot spot by using hot orange or pink dubbing to create the thorax. It looks totally unnatural but brook trout love it.
The pattern is as follows:
Hook: size 10 to 18 nymph hook
Thread: Tan or brown 8/0 (or finer thread)
Tail: A few fibres of pheasant tail
Body: Pheasant tail fibres to match size of hook (A slender profile is preferable.)
Counter ribbing: Fine copper wire or Uni Micro-tinsel in copper.
Thorax: Ice Dub UV in hot orange or pink
Legs: A few pheasant tail fibres splayed on each side.
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