Sawyer's Pheasant-Tail Nymph

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Sawyer's Pheasant-Tail Nymph

Hook: 2X-long nymph hook, sizes 18 to 12.
Weight: Very fine copper wire colored red,
    such as small, red Wapsi Ultra-Wire. This
    wire also serves as the thread.
Tails: The tips of four brown fibers from the
    center tail feather of a cock pheasant.
Body: The remainder of the fibers used to
    tie the tail, wrapped up the hook shank.
Wing buds: Four reddish fibers from a cock
    pheasant tail feather. The dark bar on the
    fibers should be pronounced.
Note: Yes, Frank Sawyer actually used the
    wire as the thread. This is an unusual but
    very simple and effective technique for
    tying a small impressionistic nymph. 

 
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