So this last trip to Montana we fished the Beaverhead River for two days and caught more fish then we could count. I contribute our success to one fly and fly only, the Phlamin Pheasant. Before we left I had Spencer Higa tie us up some Higa’s SOS flies. He stayed up late, like a champion, and tied them and put them on my front door. That next morning when we left I almost forgot they were on the front door. To my surprises he had included the Phlamin Pheasant fly. When we hit the river for the first time we caught a few fish here and there using different types of flies. After about an hour with not much luck I remembered about this new fly Spencer gave me and imediately tied one on. Over the next 3 hours I caught over 25 fish on the Phlamin Pheasant. Still at this point I thought it was Spencer’s fly but come to find out it was thought up by Tim Jenkins of falcons ledge. This fly saved our Beaverhead experiance and proved to be the goto fly on that river for two days. I can’t thank Tim enough for sending this fly along. I have included below Tim’s story behind this fly. I have also included Tim’s email so you can place orders from him and also the link to Orvis where you can pick some up.
I originally designed this fly specifically for the Provo river. I wanted something that looked like a lot of different food items and that had some serious flash (as a fly tyer I have a flash addiction). In my experience a rusty orange color has worked extremely well on the Provo and a number of other rivers, so I set out to make a fly with a similar body style to that of a pheasant tail, except on a curved hook – I believe it makes the fly look more like a mayfly nymph that is swimming, as they are rarely just rigid while
free floating in the current. My criteria was that the fly needed a rusty coloration and had to be really flashy.
I tried a number of techniques to get the body itself to be flashy and still utilize the pheasant tail, most of which resulted in some pretty ugly bugs. I finally decided to try and lay the pheasant tail loosely over orange halo shimmer tinsel wrapped body in a segmented fashion, and the rest is history. The traditional peacock hurl was also replaced with a slightly more flashy peacock ice dub. I started using it with clients right away with great results. We caught fish on stillwaters and rivers, when my traditional favorites were failing.
I initially thought that the bug would work well during PMD and other mayfly hatches, but it has proved to be effective in most situations. I now use it as prospecting fly with great results. I have received reviews from the San Juan saying that it is the go to bug in the winter for one of the guiding services down there. I have friends in Colorado who have used it with great success on waters with traditionally picky trout such as the South Platte through Cheeseman Canyon. I’ve also had reports from a number of other waters throughout Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado, all reporting impressive results. I personally have absolutely slayed fish throughout the Rockies and the Uintas with this bug and it is virtually always on the line when I am fishing with a client. I’m not sure exactly what I stumbled on to, I’d like to think it was pure genius, but more accurate would be that I came accross a good combo of features that trout seem to like completely by accident.
Tim’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org