Speaking of simple flies, and of to-do lists:
I like the idea of tying some smaller versions of streamers, for swinging at trout. They keep the concept, but allow for (1) easier handling with trout-sized rods, and (2) smaller fish to figure they can eat them. To that end, I've been tying some "micro buggers" (Holschlag), and last night kicked out a few of these little zonkers.
This one is #12, short hook, one strip of squirrel, one hackle collar and a conehead.
Only modifications here are longer shank, and gold under-ribbing.
If I had small black zonker strips I'd use those... I bet this would be deadly in all black. My prediction is that this fly will do pretty well. I left the tail somewhat short because (1) wanted to keep overall silhouette somewhat small, and (2) want to avoid the strip always wrapping around the hook.