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.....
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.