The two flies pictured above, the Mini-Hopper and the Ice-Dubbed Pheasant Tail Nymph, are my go-to flies for small stream fly fishing. I have already posted a tutorial for the Mini-Hopper here, or if you are short on time, you can always buy them in the Arizona Wanderings Shop. Below is a short tutorial on how to tie the Ice-Dubbed Pheasant Tail Nymph.
- Nymph hook – I prefer to tie mine on a curved caddis hook size 14-20, but any hook will do.
- An appropriate sized bead – this pattern can also be tied without a bead
- A pheasant tail
- 70 denier thread – I prefer olive, but again, any color will do.
- Small copper wire
- Hare-Tron Ice Dub Olive