This is an updated version of my X1 Minnow in the Brookie color. I have several other colors for both fresh and saltwater. The hair I use on the fly is called either Widow’s Web (MFC) or Congo Hair (http://www.flytyersdungeon.com/Materials/Chart_Congo_Hair.htm) but there are many products on the market similar. FTD has a nice selection of colors for quite reasonable prices.
X1 Minnow Brookie Fly Recipe
Hook: Mustad S71SNP-DT #2/0-4
Thread: Olive 6/0
Weight: 0.030 lead
Body: Pearl Flashabou
Belly: Orange Congo Hair
Lateral Line: Light pink Flashabou
Wing: Dark green Congo Hair
Throat: Chartreuse Laser Dubbing
Head: Olive dubbing w/ copper flash
Eyes: Gold 3D eyes
This fat meaty morsel of fly looks impressive, but not overly complex. Gunnar gives tyers a step by step tutorial on his Trout Nugget/Jerk Jr. hybrid pattern known as the Con Man. The Con Man is a dream for predator species such as pike and bass. The real magic in the fly comes from blending the colors in the dubbed head with the colorfast markers Gunnar uses.
Con Man fly pattern recipe
Rear Shank20mm Flymen Fish spine
Tail: 1/8th inch Rabbit Zonker – Olive Variant
Belly: Steve Farrar Flash Blend – Yellow, Herring Back
Hook: 1/0 Partridge Attitude Extra
Head: Laser Dub – Olive Monster Dub – Yellow
Color: Chartpack Markers – Black, Orange Red Sharpie
Eyes: 7mm Flymen Living Eyes
There are a few different ways to tie a Double Bunny streamer and this method for the Baby Rainbow version has a few interesting aspects that I don’t normally take into consideration while tying my own. The shorter belly (gray zonker) is a clever modification that will ensure the fly retains much of its natural movement. One other small adjustment I would try is to tie the flash behind the brass eye as you tie down the zonker. I don’t think that having the flash tied in at the head will have a negative effect, but rather having it tied behind the eye will allow it to swim at a natural lateral line position.
Bull trout love smashing these big meaty streamers. Even in small pocket waters and shallow streamers, I’ve seen greedy bulls hit flies like this. If you are planning on an encounter with some bulls, this should be in consideration for inclusion in the fly arsenal.