Conehead Marabou Muddler SBS

Discussion in 'Fly Tying Step by Step / Video' started by ScottP, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

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    Alway equate this fly to big ol' brown trout, although I've never caught one on this fly (a function of my incompetence); in yellow, this has been a killer crappie fly. A few mods here due to lack of materials (2800 miles from home and not a decent shop within 100 miles so I had to make due); had to sub dark pink ostrich for the red marabou tail and twisted KF for mylar braid body. Change colors to suit your needs.


    hook - Mustad 79580 #6
    thread - UTC 140 tan
    tail - ostrich dark pink
    body - Krystal Flash rope silver
    wing - deer hair tips
    topping - peacock herl
    head - deer hair clipped
    cone - black nickel


    Mash barb and slide cone on hook

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    add a few wraps of lead-free wire

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    and slide into cone, jamming it against hook eye; start thread at 60% mark

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    tie in tailing fibers

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    tie in body material

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    twist KF strands together to create rope

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    wrap forward to 60% mark and tie off

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    tie in 2 marabou feathers, let tips extend to tail

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    trim butts and tie in some peacock herl; trim butts

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    clean, stack and measure (to hook bend) a clump of deer hair, hold clump on top, 2 soft loops and pull tight; don't let it spin, the hair should just flair

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    repeat procedure on underside

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    wrap tips with some non-tox wire

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    pack the butt ends, clean another clump of deer hair and trim off tips

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    spin hair,tie off, SHHAN

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    start initial trim with razor blade

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    shape head

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    unwind lead free and complete shaping

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    trim out bottom hair fibers and you're done

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    Regards,
    Scott
     
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  2. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

    Alternate body - Ultra Wire wrapped front to back and ribbed with return wraps; provides a little more weight

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    Regards,
    Scott
     
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  3. cabezon

    cabezon Sculpin Enterprises

    Hi Scott,
    I really like your technique for tying down the tips that will form the collar. That would make the trimming easier.

    Steve
     
  4. GAT

    GAT Active Member

    I also like the approach for holding down the deer hair tips.
     
  5. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

    Got that idea from Charlie Craven.

    Regards,
    Scott