The Fly was described in Flies, Ties, & Techniques: A Practical Guide To Tying 50
Irresistible Flies by Charles Jardine (ISBN-10: 0-7641-3906-1) which I recommend for fly
Conehead Rabbit Leech, from Wolfgang Porte'
Thread: Black, 3/0 or to match rabbit strip
Tail: Zonker cut rabbit strip, (color to match
Tail Option: 6-8 strands of Krystal Flash
Body: Cross cut rabbit strip
Head: Pewter colored cone head, 2 strands of
black ostrich herl
Slide the cone head on the hook.
Lay down thread foundation.
Take a short piece of zonker strip and on the end where the hair extends past the
hide, trim the hide to a point.
Place the strip on top of the hook (fur side to the hook, removing the hair at the
tie-in position) and extending the pointed end half the shank length passed the
After tying in the tail, add the Krystal Flash on top.
In the middle of the hook shank, tie in a length of crosscut rabbit strip with the fur
side on top and pointing toward the rear of the hook.
With tension on the strip, rotate the vise and palmer the strip toward the hook
eye. When reaching the cone, divide the hair at the tie-off point and secure with
several wraps. Cut the excess strip off.
Tie in two ostrich herls behind the cone and palmer. Secure the herl and cement
Rabbit fur streamers are lively in the water, very durable and easy to tie. There are two
kinds of fur strips, straight cut zonker strips and cross cut strips. The latter being used
for wrapping (palmering) around the hook shank. When stripped through the water,
rabbit fur streamers flare and pulsate, making them irresistible to the fish.
Wolfgang H. Porte'