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Fly of the Month: Double Standard

Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 2011/8/9 (4757 reads)

Double Standard from Tightline Productions on Vimeo.



I couldn't help but offer another fly of the month once I saw this exceptional video. Tim Flager provides detailed instructions on tying a fly that is half pheasant tail nymph and half bead head hare's ear nymph. This pattern is very easy to tie and works exceptionally well.

Tightline Productions is a full-service video production company located in Califon, NJ. Tim Flagler can be contacted through the company website at Tightline Productions.
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jayL
Posted: 2011/8/9 11:30  Updated: 2011/8/9 11:30
Joined: 2007/1/2
From: Bozeman
Posts: 19932
 Re: Fly of the Month: Double Standard
I tie this for a sulphur nymph with some minor color variations.

It's deadly, but I'd stop way short of slapping a name on such an obvious pattern.

Great tie.
bam
Posted: 2011/8/9 18:01  Updated: 2011/8/9 18:01
Joined: 2009/9/24
From: Montgomery County
Posts: 1585
 Re: Fly of the Month: Double Standard
I like the look of flies tied on this style of hook, but have much better success hooking and hanging onto fish tied on standard scud or nymph hooks. Nice fly though, and I tie my PTs this way if I'm not tying in legs or a soft hackle.
The_Sasquatch
Posted: 2011/8/9 18:07  Updated: 2011/8/9 18:07
Joined: 2011/7/6
From: Ephrata, PA
Posts: 6314
 Re: Fly of the Month: Double Standard
I wonder how using peacock hearl instead of hair's ear might work for the thorax....kind of a Prince/Pheasant Tail "Double Standard". I'm very novice w/ tying, so maybe that's a dumb idea.
bam
Posted: 2011/8/11 13:00  Updated: 2011/8/11 13:00
Joined: 2009/9/24
From: Montgomery County
Posts: 1585
 Re: Fly of the Month: Double Standard
the standard phesant tails do use peacock for a thorax. The double standard is just a fancy name for a fly most of us tied at some point.
jdaddy
Posted: 2011/8/11 13:07  Updated: 2011/8/11 13:07
Joined: 2009/10/15
From: Eastern PA
Posts: 10277
 Re: Fly of the Month: Double Standard
Agree with Jay on the sulphur nymph. This is very similar to the sulphur and olive nymph that Mike Heck ties. His taper is a bit thinner on the sulpur nymph than the one shown in the video.
The_Sasquatch
Posted: 2011/8/11 21:38  Updated: 2011/8/11 21:38
Joined: 2011/7/6
From: Ephrata, PA
Posts: 6314
 Re: Fly of the Month: Double Standard
Ahh see....I just checked my recipe and I always tie my PT w/ hair's ear for the thorax. I should try peacock herl. Sounds like that's the standard.I've always tied this one:
http://www.flyfishersrepublic.com/patterns/pheasant-tail-nymph/
salmo
Posted: 2011/8/15 10:01  Updated: 2011/8/15 10:01
Joined: 2009/4/24
From: South Jersey
Posts: 584
 Re: Fly of the Month: Double Standard
I am a terrible tier, but this pattern is a dream. I just started fishing nymphs this year (after 35 + years) and I have been catching a lot of fish in nymphs like this. Thanks for the post.

Salmo
The_Sasquatch
Posted: 2011/8/15 10:32  Updated: 2011/8/15 10:32
Joined: 2011/7/6
From: Ephrata, PA
Posts: 6314
 Re: Fly of the Month: Double Standard
I gotta say...I feel pretty dumb! After watching this video again, it totally shows you the "standard" PT w/ the peacock herl right in the beginning! Somehow I missed that the first time. I seriously have tied every single PT I've ever used w/ hair's ear!

Double standard...haha
jayL
Posted: 2011/8/16 20:26  Updated: 2011/8/16 20:26
Joined: 2007/1/2
From: Bozeman
Posts: 19932
 Re: Fly of the Month: Double Standard
The original PT, as tied by Frank Sawyer, had no peacock herl. The standard pattern has evolved to include it, but the original is pretty close to this according to everything I've read.
Tightline
Posted: 2011/8/16 20:50  Updated: 2011/8/16 20:52
Joined: 2011/7/28
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Posts: 1
 Re: Fly of the Month: Double Standard
Mr. Sawyer actually tying a pheasant tail. A bit difficult to see details but pretty cool nonetheless.

http://www.youtube.com/user/sawyernymphs#p/u/1/416Os9V84n8
JohnnyUtah
Posted: 2011/8/26 21:33  Updated: 2011/8/26 21:33
Joined: 2011/8/26
From: The great north east
Posts: 500
 Re: Fly of the Month: Double Standard
I'm not quite sure your tying of the wing case is unique. As already stated the original pheasant tail is tied the same way. Also Davie Mcphail ties and has been tying a pheasant tail with hares ear thorax for some time. Well I guess its just another case of great minds thinking of the same thing. .

This is the original and you can see it much clearer.




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