How to: Featherduster Nymph

Materials List:

  • Hook: Tmc 3761 #12 to #18
  • Thread: 6/0 rusty dun
  • Tail: Pheasant
  • Body: Ostrich
  • Rib: Copper wire
  • Wing Case: Pheasant
  • Thorax: Ostrich
  • Legs: Pheasant


The feather duster nymph was developed by Wally Eagle here in West Yellowstone in the 70’s. He always said, “it is a fish getter”. As the name says it was originally tied with a real feather duster. It is particularly effective as a callibaetis nymph on Hebgen Lake. It is also a great general mayfly nymph pattern for the rivers.