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Knotted Pheasant Tail Legs

 

Fly fishers have always been attracted to lifelike get off the table and walk patterns.  It seems if a pattern has legs, eyes and other realistic features it has to fish well.  While this is not always the case patterns appealing to the fly fishers natural sense of order inspire confidence.  And as most know confidence in a pattern or method is one those intangible ingredients for success.  Personally, I am a subscriber to confidence of both presentation method and fly pattern.  If the confidence waivers change up as the focus and concentration just isnít there to be successful.

 

One tying technique that provides realism to a pattern are knotted pheasant tail legs.  River and stream fly fishers put knotted pheasant legs to good use on a myriad of grasshopper and cricket patterns.  The high knee joint knotted pheasant tail legs provide does a wonderful job mimicking the recoiled legs of a swamped cricket or hopper.

 


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