Great flies guys!
Here's one I came up with called the Stumpy Special.
The one in the pic is actually on a size 4 SW hook (Eagle Claw 254), but any fresh water standard shank hook (rather than a longer streamer hook) seems to be about right to get that roundish blue gill shape. This one on the size 4 hook is 2" long from eye to tip of tail to imitate small ones, but you can tie it any size.
Here's a recipe in order of tie in.Hook:
Standard length shank in whatever size. Something like a Mustad 3399 equivalent would be a good choice or the slightly longer 3366.Thread:
whatever, olive or black 3/0 (flat waxed nylon used here)Tail:
Deceiver style tail about 1 hook length (from front of eye to rear of bend), with a pair of orange dyed grizzly inside a pair of green dyed grizzly and 2-4 strands of copper Krystal Flash.Body:
Gold Body Braid from rear above barb to midpoint of shank
The collar will be tied in from the mid point to the 1/4 point, and the wing and head will take up the 1/4 point to the eye.Collar:
3 turns each (mixed with each other) of Blue dyed grizzly, Orange dyed grizzly and Green dyed grizzly. Barb length of feather roughly 1 1/2x width of hook gap.Wing tied on top of shank forward of collar:
2 strands gold flashabou slightly longer than tail, under 30 hairs of olive bucktail extending to end of tail, under topping of 4-6 strands of peacock herl extending to 1/2 length of tail