Fly Fishers' Republic

Ice Cream Cone

April 24, 2012

by Raif Killips

Ice Cream Cone

Recipe:

Uses:

The Ice Cream Cone is meant to represent deep lying chironomid pupae. It is primarily a stillwater pattern that is especially effective when the naturals are staging. The pattern sinks quickly to depth where its white bead head, thought to indicate the gills of the natural, acts as a trigger point.

How to fish:

Fish the Ice Cream Cone using either a static presentation or a quick strip, both methods work especially well in conjunction with a high floating strike indicator. You can also fish this pattern employing a traditional nymphing setup with a floating line, long leader and a figure-eight or hand twist retrieve. To fish deep using a retrieve, try a sink tip or intermediate slow sinker to keep the fly at the right depth.

For more details on fishing chironomids read Brian Chan’s article »

Tying instructions:

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Place a white glass or painted metal bead on the hook...

1. Place a white glass or painted metal bead on the hook, then place the hook in the vice as shown. This hook hold reduces the incidence of thread wraps slipping at either end of the dressing.

Start the thread immediately behind the bead...

2. Start the thread immediately behind the bead.

Catch in the pearl Flashabou...

3. Catch in the pearl ribbing the butt end of which should reach to immediately behind the bead.

Catch in the silver wire...

4. Catch in the silver wire as you continue wrapping the thread toward the rear of the body. As with the pearl ribbing, the tethered end of the wire should extend to immediately behind the bead – this helps maintain an even profile when you build up the body later.

Hold the rib materials slightly apart as you wrap the thread...

5. Hold the rib materials slightly apart as you wrap the thread to the rear of the body, keeping them inline with the shank and bend. As in the previous stage, this technique helps maintain a clean body profile.

Run the thread to the point in the photograph...

6. Run the thread to the point indicated. You may wish to dress a shorter or longer body.

Build a tappered body with the tying thread..

7. Build a tapered body with the tying thread (a job made quicker using heavy gauge thread). Allowing the thread fibers to flatten and spread slightly can help produce a nice smooth result.

Wind the Flashabou rib forward in firm even wraps...

8. With the thread hanging at the head, wind the Flashabou rib forward in firm even wraps. Secure with thread making two or three tight wraps and a half hitch.

Wrap the silver wire following the leading edge of the Flashabou...

9. Wrap the silver wire following the leading edge of the Flashabou rib.

Cut away the waste rib material...

10. Cut away the waste rib material. Build the thread up into a cone taking the body profile smoothly onto the back of the bead. Make a whip finish.

Apply a good coat of 'Hard-As-Nails'...

11. Apply a good coat of Hard As Nails. Spread the varnish evenly and avoid overloading the fly.

After a single layer of varnish you shoud have something like this...

12. After a single layer of varnish you should have something like this. If you prefer a heavier varnish layer, let the first coat dry completely before adding another.

History:

This pattern is the work of British Columbian Kelly Davison. It originates from the famous Kamloops region. The pattern is variously known and listed as the Snow Cone or Snocone.

Variations:

For Kelly Davison's own tying of the Ice Cream Cone visit Hans Weilenmann's fly index

Choose tying thread and rib material to match the pupae found in your local fishery.

Further reading:

Hitchhikers Guide to Chironomids Part II, Philip Rowley: Web [24.04.2012]