John Barr's deadly conehead pine squirrel streamer
Published by peregrines
Type of fly
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Level of tying experience needed to tie this pattern
Beginner, a fairly simple pattern using basic tying skills
Materials listed in order of tie in:
Streamer hook 3 or 4x long size 2-10. Mustad size 8 here
Brass or tungsten cone head sized to hook
10-20 wraps of non toxic wire about same diameter as hook shank, wrapped to add additional weight, and pushed into rear of cone to help lock it in place. 12 wraps of .010” here.
To match color of strip. Olive used here
Zonker strip. Colors commonly used are olive, natural, black, crawdad orange. Micro sized olive pine squirrel zonker strip here.
“Brassie” size wire, color your choice. UTC copper here.
Silver, gold or pearl body braid. Gold body braid here.
2 wraps of zonker strip.
Special tying notes
Slide cone onto hook. Wrap nontoxic wire for additional weight and push into rear of cone. Tie on thread, and tie down rib. Tie on body braid at front of hook and bind down to bend. Return thread to behind cone and wrap body to front of hook behind cone. Tie on zonker strip behind cone. Moisten fur of zonker strip with water or saliva to make it easier to separate with bodkin. Bind down at bend with wire rib. Using bodkin to separate fur of zonker strip, wind wire up shank in open turns to bind zonker strip to top of hook shank. Bind down wire rib with thread and trim excess wire. Tie in another strip for collar directly behind cone and wind 2 turns. Tie off. Trim just the skin part of tail so the skin part extends past the bend of the shank ½ shank length. (By trimming just the skin, the total length, including the fur will make the tail 1 hook shank length.) For small size Slumpbusters I use pine squirrel. For large sizes 2-4 (and much larger variations in saltwater) I use rabbit, using zonker rabbit strips for tail and cross cut rabbit strips for collar. Unlike large versions tied with rabbit that get very heavy when wet, smaller sizes with pine squirrel are relatively easy to cast.
Trout, largemouth bass
An excellent fly big fish fly for brown trout. Fish tend to slam this, so use heavy leaders and tippet.