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Coney flies


The flies on this page are all well known patterns which have all been juiced up a bit - many with some modern materials, but all with cone heads.

By Bas Verschoor

Coney Red Tag
One version is tied with a bead head to add weight, while the another one uses a golden dubbing brush to add the same shining appearance to the fly - but without the weight. This variation can be used on all the Coney flies; replacing the cone head by a suitably colored dubbing brush.

Coney Red Tags
Top: Coney Red Tag
Bottom: Coney Red Tag without a cone

See also: Red Tag Palmer

Materials:
Hook Tiemco 9300 #8
Weight Lead wire (optional)
Thread Black 10/0 or 12/0
Tail Red wool
Rib Copper wire 0.22
Body Dubbing brush, Sparkle Peacock Green
Hackle Brown hen
Thorax Dubbing brush, Sparkle Black
Head Bestco Fly Head 5/32", gold

Coney Red Tag - Tying instructions.

  1. Shove gold Fly Head over hook up to the eye.
  2. Cover hookshank with tying thread until point just above the barb.
  3. Tie in piece of red wool of appropriate length.
  4. Tie in Dubbing Brush and (together with tying thread) wrap forward until 2/3rds of the hookshank is covered. Tying thread will now be in the exact position to tie off.
  5. Tie in soft, brown henhackle by the tip, and stroke fibers to point towards the point of the hook.
  6. Make 3 to 4 wraps with hackle, stroking fibers backwards with each wrap. Tie off.
  7. Tie in Dubbing Brush, make 3 to 4 wraps to build thorax and tie off.

Top: Coney Caddis with no cone
Bottom: Coney Caddis Pupa

Coney Caddis Pupae

Materials:
Hook Tiemco 2312 #10
Weight Lead wire (optional)
Thread Black 10/0 or 12/0
Rib Copper wire 0.22
Body Dubbing brush, Insect Green
Hackle CDC blue dun
Thorax Dubbing brush, Peacock Bronze
Head Bestco Fly Head 5/32", black or
Sparkle Bronze Dubbing Brush

Coney Caddis Pupae - Tying instructions.

  1. Shove black Fly Head over hook up to the eye.
  2. Cover hookshank with tying thread until point just past the barb.
  3. Tie in copper wire for ribbing.
  4. Tie in Dubbing Brush.
  5. Cover hookshank with lead wire. (Optional).
  6. Wrap Dubbing Brush forward, (together with tying thread), until 2/3rds of the the hookshank is covered. Tying thread will now be in the exact position to tie off.
  7. Rib body with copper wire and tie off.
  8. Tie in CDC hackle by the tip, and strole fibers towards the point of the hook.
  9. Make 3 to 4 wraps with hackle, stroking fibers backwards with each wrap. Tie off.
  10. Tie in Dubbing Brush, make 3 to 4 wraps and tie off.

Coney Foxy with cone head
Coney Peetee with cone head

Coney Foxy

Materials:
Hook Tiemco 3761 #10
Weight Lead wire (optional)
Thread Black 10/0 or 12/0
Rib Copper wire 0.22
Tail Pheasant tail fibers
Body Dubbing brush, Light Pink
Thorax Dubbing brush, Sparkle Black
Head Bestco Fly Head 1/8", black

Coney Peetee

Materials:
Hook Tiemco 3761 #10
Weight Lead wire (optional)
Thread Black 10/0 or 12/0
Rib Copper wire 0.22
Tail Pheasant tail fibers
Body Pheasant tail fibers
Wing case CDC Oiler puff, white
Thorax Dubbing brush, Sparkle Brown
Head Bestco Fly Head 1/8", black or
black or brown Dubbing Brush

Coney Hare's Ear

Materials:
Hook Tiemco 3761 #8
Weight Lead wire (optional)
Thread Black 10/0 or 12/0
Tail Brown hen hackle fibers
Rib Copper wire 0.22
Bosy Dubbing Brush, Tan
Hackle Brown hen
Thorax Dubbing brush, Sparkle Brown
Head Bestco Fly Head 1/8", gold or
Sparkle Gold Dubbing Brush or Gold Crystal Bead

Tying instructions for Coney Foxy, Cone Peetee and Coney Hare's Ear
Being practically identical, only one set of instructions are given.

  1. Shove Fly Head over hook up to the eye.
  2. Cover hookshank with tying thread to a point just above the barb.
  3. Tie in pheasant tail or hen fibers for tail.
  4. Tie in Copper wire for ribbing.
  5. Tie in Dubbing Brush.
  6. Cover hookshank with lead wire (optional).
  7. Wrap Dubbing Brush forward, (together with tying thread), and cover 2/3rds of the hookshank. Tie off.
  8. Rib body with copper wire and tie off.
  9. Tie in soft, brown hen hackle, (for Coney Hare's Ear), and stroke the fibers to point towards the point of the hook. (For Cone Peetee, tie in CDC Oiler Puff feather, and leave it on top).
  10. Make 3 to 4 wraps with hackle, stroking fibers backwards with each wrap. Tie off.
  11. Tie in Dubbing Brush, make 3 to 4 wraps to build thorax and tie off.

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