Tying the Conehead JJ Special

by | May 15, 2016 | Fly Tying, How to videos, Uncategorized | 0 comments

In this fly tying instructional video, latest in our video series of easy-to-tie tried and true classics I demonstrate how to tie The Conehead JJ Special.  Former Jackson Hole guide and owner of High Country  Flies, Jim Jones, is credited with creating this popular Wooley Bugger variation that originally had white rubber legs but lacked a conehead. Jones incorporated parts of some of his other favorite patterns, the brown and yellow marabou tail from a Bighorn Special, the white rubber legs and grizzly hackle from the Yuk Bug. Jim kept the JJ Special under his hat for about a year before a friend and commercial fly tier Pete Wiswell began fishing them on the Madison and Snake River as well as others. Wiswell added the yellow rubber legs that have now become standard on the pattern and the JJ Special was born. Easily one of the most widely productive streamer patterns I carry.

A Size #6 Conehead Jj Special


  • Dai-Riki #710 size #4-10
  • UTC 140 brown
  • .035 lead 10-12 wraps
  • solid brass cone large
  • strung marabou one yellow one brown
  • Krystal Flash copper 5-6 strands
  • copper rib small or medium
  • chenille large brown
  • round rubber legs yellow
  • grizzly schlappen or webby saddle hackle

For the materials to tie this fly visit Feather Craft Fly Fishing or your local fly shop.  If you’d like to check out more of our instructional videos you can view all of them here

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