John Kent’s Pumpkin Head is a staple pattern in the interior of British Columbia and its renowned still waters. I have always seen this fly as a damsel imitation, but it is very universal and has proven effective time and time again when nothing else seems to work.
This variation simply uses crystal chenille in place of a dubbed body. Fished under a strike indicator, a naked floating line, or an intermediate full sinking line, the Pumpkin Head has saved many days that looked otherwise futile.
Below is a one-minute fly tying video showcasing the simplicity of tying this highly effective fly.