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: Pike Featherbrain (perch)

Dble Haul
12-05-2003, 09:00 PM
I got to tinkering with John's pattern....I tried it in small sizes this past season for smallmouth bass with good success, but never got around to trying it for pike. Now that I see what a mouthful this fly looks like when tied in a larger size, more will have to made for next season. I have tenative plans to go to Ontario in late spring, where the fish run a class size bigger than they do here in the Connecticut River, and Featherbrains might be just what they're looking for.

This fly was made in yellow perch colors: one pair each of white and yellow hackle for the bottom and middle, respectively, and then two matched pairs of chartruese grizzly hackle for the back. The profile is a bit full, but next time I'll just use less filler and pinch the spreader down a bit more. Right now the profile resembles a sunfish more than a perch....which gives me another idea.....:devil:

Hook: 9034, 3/0
Thread: Yellow, 3/0
Tail: Yellow and white bucktail, with pearl and peacock flash
Body: Hackles as indicated above
Head: Epoxy with red 3D prism eyes

I used schlappen hackle for the white, hoping that the filoplume will give the fly even more action in the water. I'm really looking forward to throwing some of these at some pike next year.

12-05-2003, 11:59 PM
Mark..I have to say that this is the first FB I have seen tied by someone else.... it looks great!... and don't get discouraged ... after a couple you will get the hang for altering the size and other things... and make your own version.... Thanks for showing this. If you want it longer... make a back spreader... your comment on pinching the mylar flatter is key. great job and thanks..

Dble Haul
12-06-2003, 08:50 AM
John, between the article in the magazine and all of your other instructions in various places on the internet the tying of this fly wasn't too difficult. It was a bit time consuming for the first time, but I expect the process to get more streamlined as I do more of them. Overall, your instructions are excellent, and the mag article has some helpful additional tips.

I'm the one who should be thanking you. The pike, however, may take exception. ;)

12-06-2003, 09:28 AM
Thanks Mark... I don't know if the picture is showing some base fluff feathers... It seems there are.. if so..that makes the gluing more difficult.... But, maybe it's just the photo. You probably already know that..but if not..be sure to cut the Base feather fluff off and have the base clear of that stuff.. because that would certainly discourage you...also, again you probably know this but thinning out the inside will give you a thinner profile, especially in the water... looking forward to seeing others and I am saving the photo's on a CD.

12-06-2003, 09:58 AM
Looks awesome Mark! I wouldn't worry about the profile being larger than the profile of a typical perch. If you are stripping the fly or letting it swing in the current I think the water will force the feathers into a slimmer shape and it will look fine. In addition, the fly should move lots of water which will certainly be an advantage in the stained water of the Housy or CT River.


12-06-2003, 11:03 AM

If you want to die variations for your big trip you might be able to sneak a tungsten cone in there under the head. I fished some flies tied by Nat at first light and they have an awesome jigging action with a loop knot when you do this. Just a suggestion in case you want to work deep...

Keep up the good work :D

Dble Haul
12-08-2003, 09:56 AM
Dave, I like your idea of using a cone for weight. The cone itself could be the spreader!

Now I gotta try that....I'll post an image once I have an opportunity to try it. Thanks for the suggestion.

12-08-2003, 02:38 PM
if you tie that so it is about 4 inches or so long that would work great for walleyes too

12-09-2003, 03:06 PM
That looks awesome to me. I think the profile is fantastic and would love to try and use one for largemouth bass down here in NJ. When and where was the article on Featherbrains printed? Was it Fly Fishing in Saltwaters magazine? Can anyone tell me where I can pick up a copy? Thanks. Good Luck with the pike.

Dble Haul
12-09-2003, 03:43 PM
pm, I sent you a PM.....hey, that rhymes........:p