How do I Tie Conehead Fishing Flies?

How do I Tie Conehead Fishing Flies?
A conehead fly utilizes a metal cone that provides added weight, which forces the fly to sink deeper than a normal fly would, allowing anglers to catch fish that live farther under the surface of the water. The conehead combo fly does not imitate just one creature as bait, but bears resemblance to leeches, nymphs and minnows making it a practical fly for many situations.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • 4XL size 4 streamer hook
  • Fishing hook cone, 7/32-inch diameter
  • 2 marabou feathers with stem
  • 3/0 thread, color should match the feathers
  • 1 mallard feather
  • Head cement
  • Fly tying vise
  • Thread bobbin
  • Scissors
Step 1
Slide the cone over the point of the hook and around the bend, with the narrow end coming into contact with the eye of the hook.
Step 2
Lay down a base of thread that covers the hook shaft. Wrap the thread tightly a few times around the shaft, just at the beginning of the hook bend. Keep wrapping the thread along the shaft forwards, stopping just behind the conehead. Wrap it back to the starting point.
Step 3
Lie one of the marabou feathers along the shaft of the hook so the top of the stem of the feather is facing backwards and is aligned with the curve of the hook. Tie the feather into place with the thread so the fibers at the top end of the feather create a tail that protrudes above the hook bend. Pull the feather up and wrap the thread forward along the shaft again.
Step 4
Twist the marabou stem, and wrap it around the hook shaft, ending where the thread ends. Tie the stem into place using multiple wraps of the thread and then wrap the thread back to the tie-in point of the first feather. Cut off the excess stem next to the conehead and save the remnants.
Step 5
Tie in the second feather at the same point as the first, wrap the thread forward to just behind the conehead, twist the marabou stem and then wrap it around the hook just like the first feather.
Step 6
Form a dubbing loop. Stack the two feather remnants and insert the fibers on one side of the stem halfway into the dubbing loop. Cut away the stem.
Step 7
Twist the dubbing loop to create a fuzzy rope from the marabou fibers and then spin that rope around the hook shaft between the body of the fly and the conehead.
Step 8
Tie the dubbing off with two or three whip knots. Cut the thread away from the hook.
Step 9
Push the conehead backwards, toward the hook bend, compressing the dubbing. There should be about 1/10 inch of bare hook between the eye and the conehead. In front of the conehead, reattach the thread, and wrap a thick base of thread that tapers toward the eye of the hook.
Step 10
Place the tip of the mallard feather just behind the hook eye and tie it into place. Wrap the mallard feather around the hook shank two or three times. Tie off the feather, and remove the excess. Stroke the feather barbs back toward the tail and wrap the thread just in front of them to hold them into place.
Step 11
Tie a whip knot to secure the head of the hook, cut away the thread and then apply head cement to prevent the thread from coming loose.

Tips & Warnings

When pushing the conehead back in Step 10, place a cork on the tip of the hook so you don't cut your fingers.

Article Written By Jacob Hendriks

Jacob Hendriks' work has appeared in "The Western Front," "The Planet Magazine" and He graduated from Western Washington University with a major in international business management and a minor in Community Health. Hendriks' passion for sports nutrition and fitness, combined with experience as a personal trainer, has led him to pursue health-oriented journalism.

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