Going deep in early season

Bead Head Pheasant Tail Kebar

Bead Head Pheasant Tail Kebar

The local rivers finally dropped into pretty good shape a few days ago.  My little stretch of the Raging is perfect if only it was open.  The S.Fork was fishable but started filling with snowmelt as soon as Chris Farhrenbruch & I hit the water yesterday and temps soared to near 90.   The S.Fork rose from 352 cfs to 490 cfs within 24 hours, needless to say fishing was tough and we both got skunked hitting quite a bit of water.  Skunking aside, I figured that I had to go deep to even have a chance so I was throwing a Bead Head Pheasant Tail Kebari all the time.

This is pretty much my Pheasant Tail Kebari but with a black bead in place of the peacock herl collar.  I tie these with both tungsten and regular beads to handle various depths in the early season when the fish still don’t want to move much.   I put the bead on the hook, then tie in the hackle first, push the bead up against the hackle and tie the body in behind the bead, finishing in back of the bead.


Hook:   #12-14
Thread: Brown 6/0
Hackle: Pheasant Rump
Collar: Black tungsten or regular bead
Body:   Pheasant Tail fibers
Rib:    Copper Wire