Davey McPhail Sawyer Style PT nymphs

Hi friends, this is a Frank Sawyer fly pattern variation that I've fished for many years. Davey McPhail has an excellent video showing the tying steps here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ogp5F7bmVcA&t=0s
I tie them the same way Davey does in pheasant-tail to imitate mayfly nymphs but also in turkey-tail to imitate the small early stone fly nymphs here in NY. They are fast and easy to tie using just XS or SM Uni-copper wire along with your choice of tail material and a nymph #14 1XL hook.

Turkey-tail and copper nymph (side view)


  1. Doug it looks to represent many of the dark crawlies I've seen on the bottom of streams.
    Nicely done.

  2. Thanks Alan.... they are simple and effective flies....

  3. Doug, great pattern. Haven't tied or fished Davey's pattern for some time. Will have to tie a few. THX!


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