Most of my use of this fly is done in the most drab form with only a copper color rib on the abdomen. I find that it is the most effective was to fish the fly. One of the ways that I give a bit of life is to use nail polish that has holographic flecks embedded in the liquid. I put a small amount on top of the wing case to look like the bubbles that are naturally created to assist the nymph to rise to the surface when changing to adult.
For larger species as Steelhead and Atlantic Salmon Broodstock I tie the fly on larger sizes and add some sparkle to the top of the wing case. Also by using different color dubbing you can add some color.
Simple Pheasant Tail Video
Salmon River Steelhead Pheasant Tail Video