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South First Special


The South First Special takes its name from a street in Dunsmuir, adjacent to the Upper Sacramento River. Those of you who know where my Dunsmuir home is know the area.


It resembles the PT Nymph, but has a slightly different touch to it. Because it has fished so well at South First Street, and places downstream, I decided to name it accordingly.  Its beauty lies in its simplicity.  Being a simple man, I believe in such things. It fishes well as the point-fly, or as the dropper fly; sneaky anglers who are having some success with this fly might fish one on the dropper, and another on the point!!


Hook: Tiemco 100; Mustad 3906B; or similar hook. #12-16
Thread: Brown 6/0 or 8/0
Weight: 5 wraps lead or substitute, at thorax position
Tail: Pheasant tail fibers
Rib: Gold or copper wire (fine)
Body: Pheasant tail
Thorax: Peacock herl
Hackle: Partridge
Head: Gold or copper solid bead



1.   Place bead on hook; then wrap lead behind bead and shove it up against back of bead to hold bead in place.

2.   Cover hook with thread, wrapping the lead down tightly.

3.   Take 4 or 5 pheasant tail fibers and tie on a tail equal to shank length; don't trim the butts, as they will be wrapped as body.

4.   Tie on rib material and move it out of the way.

5.   Take butts of pheasant tail and twist them together a couple of times; now wrap them foward as a body, to about 1/3 shank length behind the eye, and tie off.

6.   Reverse wrap the rib and tie it off at the same place.

7.   Take 2 or 3 strands of peacock herl and tie them on where you ended the pheasant tail body; wrap several times to back of bead and tie off.

8.       Take a small partridge back feather and stroke back the fibers after wetting fingers; this will leave a small tip at the point of the feather. Tie in this small tip just behind the bead, and take one or two wraps of the hackle, "soft hackle" style. Tie off and whip finish. Slick, eh??


See ya on the creek!!!

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