What a classic. The Slumpbuster comes for the vise of John Barr. John's book, Barr's Flies" is one of the best fly tying books that I own. I continually reference his book to refresh my tying skills and get inspiration on creating new fly patterns.

If you want to catch a TOAD, this fly is certainly one to try. This fly can be effective using a dead drift technique, as well as being stripped. I have altered his original design technique a bit, specifically the application of the collar. I feel it gives the collar a cleaner look around the cone. The Slumpbuster is tied on an AFF S403 (down-eye, 3x-long, round-bend, streamer/nymph hook). Again, Allen Fly Fishing continues to create excellent hooks at an excellent price. Check them out at Try tying this pattern in different pine squirrel colors, such as rust, tan, black, crawdad orange and natural.

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