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Red Headed Step Child

Hogan’s Red Headed Step Child Fly Tying Video Instructions

The Red Headed Step Child is a great small mayfly nymph or general attractor nymph developed by fly tying guru Hogan Brown.  The Red Headed Step Child has a similar look and profile as a pheasant tail, with just a few tweaks.  The red wire, legs and bead almost transform the Red Headed Step Child into not only a mayfly nymph, but also a attractor/searching pattern.  That makes the Red Headed Step Child a very versatile pattern, which works in a variety of situations.  When in doubt….tie on a Red Headed Step Child!!

Red Headed Step Child Fly Tying Recipe:
Hook: #14-20 Daiichi 1560
Bead: Small Red Glass Bead
Thread: Brown Veevus 8/0
Tail: Pheasant Tail
Rib: Small Red Wire
Thorax: Peacock Herl
Case: Medium Veevus Pearlescent Tinsel
Legs: Red Krystal Flash