Red Headed Step Child

Red Headed Step Child

Hogan's Red Headed Stepchild
Hogan’s Red Headed Stepchild


  • 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

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!