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The Tying Bench!

The Tying Bench is our exciting series of family-friendly weekly on-line fly tying workshops and clinics! Each week we look at tying a different pattern - from classic trout flies to big bass bugs...and everything in between!

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Another great fly
for fall!

Tie it & Try It 


For tyers who would like to explore the world of the Pheasant Tail Nymph, we offer a complete Tie It & Try It Pheasant Tail Nymph Kit. This kit includes materials to tie 20 beadhead Pheasant Tail Nymphs (with materials to try both peacock herl or specially prepared dubbing for the thorax). It also includes materials to tie the original version of this fly much like designer Frank Sawyer tied it in the 1950s. This kit is the perfect way to discover how much fun this fly is to tie and to fish! 

     The Tie It & Try It Pheasant Tail Nymph Kit is available from many fly shops, from Amazon, and direct from our webstore here.

This Saturday, Oct. 23
 on The Tying Bench:


This Saturday (Oct. 23) on The Tying Bench, we’ll be tying flies for Delayed Harvest!


This week's materials list (this list includes materials for each of the flies we will tie this week):

HOOK: Nymph hook, regular or 1XL, size 12 or 14

THREAD: Red, 3/0 or strong 6/0

CHENILLE: Red ultra chenille (vernille) suitable for San Juan Worms. Note that regular thread-core chenille will NOT work.

YARN 1: Pink or orange baby blanket yarn

YARN 2: Orange Y2K yarn

YARN 3: Yellow Y2K yarn

(Note: Other Y2K yarn can be used, too, including cream, pink, or chartreuse, but the yellow/orange combo is preferred)

BEAD: Brass, tungsten or glass bead of a size suitable for the hook you're using. If using a metal bead, I like a "gold" or "copper" color or one that is painted pink. If using a glass bead, you have many choices, including red, orange, yellow, pink and so on.

DUBBING: Red dubbing, the brighter the better

Summary instructions for this week's patterns:

To help you tie Saturday's pattern, here's a set of abbreviated instructions! You might want to copy them and print them out for use during our Saturday tying session. Leave room to take notes!


1) Start red thread near eye and wrap to bend

2) Cut piece of ultra chenille (vernille) to about 2 inches

3) Tie in ultra chenille at bend, positioning as covered in our workshop

4) Advance thread to near eye

5) Form loop in body

6) Tie in ultra chenille near eye

7) Tie off and trim thread

8) Finish ends of ultra chenille


1) Start red thread near eye and wrap to bend

2) Cut 6-inch piece of pink or orange baby blanket or similar yarn

3) Tie in one end of yarn at bend

4) Form a loop in the yarn and tie off near rear of thread base

5) Continue forming and tying off loops as you work forward (total of 3-5 loops)

5) After forming last loop, tie off near eye and trim yarn

6) Form a large red thread head and tie off/trim thread


1) Place bead on hook (brass, tungsten or glass)

2) Start thread behind bead and wrap a thread base over forward half of hook shank. Then return thread to rear of bead.

3) Tie in first Y2K yarn (yellow) as covered in our workshop. Order that colors are tied in does not matter.

4) Tie in second Y2K yarn (orange) as covered in our workshop.

5) Fold back forward portion of both yarns and carefully secure with a couple of thread wraps

6) Add a red dubbed collar directly behind the bead

7) Tie off and trim thread, forming your finishing knots between the bead and the dubbed collar.