Sawyer's most famous nymph, Pheasant tail + copper wire
This version of Sawyer's nymph is tied exactly like the original pattern as devised by the legendary Frank Sawyer. It is tied with the reddish-brown Pheasant cock hackle fibres and copper wire only.There are three sizes in the set, 12, 14 and 16 all on Kamasan B175 hooks. It is intended that the colour of the copper wire is seen under the dressing.
Sawyer stipulated that these nymphs had to have three distinct characteristics:
they should closely copy the original nymphs they were designed to represent
they should enter the water cleanly and sink to the required depth without further weighting in the dressing
it should be easy to cast and delicately
Sawyer did not add any legs to his nymph (so there are no fibres below the hook) as he felt that such nymphs kept their legs close to the body when swimming. Their main means of propulsion was by the tails, which are quite prominent on the pattern.
I can personally vouch for this pattern as it is highly attractive to Trout. I have also used it for Dace and other small coarse fish and in the smaller sizes it is a very useful midge imitation.
A set of three nymphs costs £2-70; this includes 2nd Class postage.