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Craven's Pheasant Tail Alternative (pta)
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Pattern Craven's Pheasant Tail Alternative (pta)
Craven's Pheasant Tail Alternative (pta)
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Category Nymphs
Entered Tue, 14 Sep 2004
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Hook: TMC 100SP-BL #14-20 Thread: 8/0 Rusty Brown Tail: Moose Hock Abdomen: Gudebrod 00 Rod Winding Thread, Chestnut Brown Wingcase: Lagartun Mini Flat Braid, Olive Thorax: Black Ultra-Wire, small Legs: Hungarian Partridge Body Feather Coating: Sally Hansen's Hard As Nails Clear Nail Polish
Pattern Description
My PTA has become a proven killer over the past several years. I believe a good portion of this flies' success is attributable to its differentiation from other patterns. We all know that fish like contrast in a pattern, thus the success of two-tone flies like Copper Johns and many of Mike Mercer's patterns. The PTA has a strikingly contrasted abdomen and thorax that provide the "hatching insect" trigger to the trout. The twisted thread abdomen creates a durable ribbed effect while retaining the slimness of the natural. The wire thorax is also incredibly durable but also provides weight to the fly. I find this pattern often fishes like a bead head pattern but out produces beaded flies on waters where the fish have become bead shy. The two-tone effect matches that of a variety of mayflies, from PMDs to Baetis and even Callibaetis! This is a go-to fly for many and is sure to become a hot fly for you as well.