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DC’s Pikesicle Recipe and Tying Sequences

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By Dennis P. Collier

DC’s Pikesicle Recipe:

Hook: Size 1/0 – 2, Gamakatsu B10S Stinger
Thread: Red UTC 50 Gel-spun
Tail: Red over white Metz Flash N Slinky
Body: White/Red marabou plume
Collar: Red Extra Select Craft Fur sprinkled with Silver Ice Dub
Head: Small silver tungsten cone
  • Step 1:

    Slide a tungsten cone onto the hook shank. Tie in a clump of white Flash N Slinky approximately one-eighth inch in diameter when compressed. Tie in a similar amount of red Flash N Slinky over the white. Secure the base with several very tight thread wraps. The tail length is optional but four to five inches is a good starting point.

  • Step 2:

    Holding a white marabou plume by the tip, stroke the fibers down the stem and capture them between the thumb and forefinger. Clip and prepare the tip of the plume so it can be tied to the hook shank. Note: Do not attach the plume to the hook by the base of the stem as it will not wrap properly.

  • Step 3:

    Move the thread to a position in line with the hook point. Capture the tip of the plume with the thread and clip a pair of hackle pliers to the base of the stem. Slightly moisten the fibers and stroke them back so they align on one side of the stem. Wrap the plume forward in adjoining wraps, stroking the fibers toward the back with each successive turn. Clip the excess stem and secure the tie-off point with several wraps of thread.


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  • Step 4:

    Repeat step three by attaching a single red marabou plume and wrapping with adjoining turns. Note: It is easier to manage a single plume during this step, rather than trying to wrap two or more at a time. Three red plumes should bring you to a point approximately one-quarter inch behind the base of the tungsten cone. Don’t crowd the cone with marabou plumes as you will need this space to add the collar.

  • Step 5:

    Cut a large clump of Extra Select Craft Fur from the hide and lay it on a flat surface. Spread it out until you have a row of hair about 4 inches long. Trim the longer guard hairs leaving a row of dubbing roughly three-quarters of an inch wide by 4 inches long. Sprinkle some silver Ice Dub over the Craft Fur and place it in a heavily waxed dubbing loop. Note: This step goes a lot easier if you pick the dubbing off the flat surface and place it in the loop with a flat-bladed Boston Clip No.4, available at most office supply outlets.


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  • Step 6:

    Once you have the dubbing in the loop and evenly distributed, pinch the loop just below the dubbing and spin with your dubbing twister. As the thread begins to tighten between your thumb and forefinger, slowly release the grip and allow the material to spin. Using a dubbing brush, comb out the dubbing noodle, removing any loose material. Wrap the dubbing noodle forward in adjoining wraps until the cone is firmly secured by the compression of the collar material. Whip finish with several wraps right behind the cone. Using the dubbing brush, comb the collar back, trimming if necessary to get a smooth transition from the collar to the marabou body.

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