Ringneck Pheasant Tail Feathers have long been a staple material in the fly tying world. These feathers are most popularly used for tails, gills, and wingcases on small nymphs ranging from mayfly patterns to Stonefly patterns and everything in between. The stiff fibers are easy to cut off of the main feather and tie into any nymph pattern and these feathers are available in a variety of colors so you can tie flies that match whatever hatch you’re fishing.
Patterns and Tying Techniques - Most tyers know this material because of its place in the classic Pheasant Tail Nymph. These small fibers are often tied in on top of the hook shank at the bend of the hook to create tails for nymphs or tied in and pulled over the top of a fly to create a wingcase. These aren’t feathers you can tie in and wrap up the hook shank to create the body of a fly because of their short nature.
Ringneck Pheasant Tail vs Lady Amherst Center Tail - These two tying products are pretty similar with a few key differences that slightly change their application. The Ringneck Pheasant Tail has fibers that are slightly shorter and significantly stiffer than the Lady Amherst Center Tail. As such, the Pheasant Tail Fibers are more durable when tied into small nymphs. The Lady Amherst Tails are longer but they’re softer and are better suited for streamers or wrapping small bodies.
Nymphs - If you’re tying a Pheasant Tail Nymph, chances are you’re going to want to use Pheasant Tail Fibers. That being said, these fibers are found in a host of other nymph patterns including Stonefly Nymphs (as wing cases) and other mayfly patterns.
Approximate Dimensions - These feathers are approximately 18-19 inches long and have fibers that are roughly 1-2 inches in length.
Pack Size - Two feathers per pack.
**These sizes and dimensions may vary based on manufacturer changes**