The Matuka will always be one of my favorite patterns. The style of tying (lashing the wing to the top of the hook by ribbing through the fibers of the feathers) lends itself to infinite possibilities.
Introduction And Swap Hosted By Robb Nicewonger
When I was about 12, a friend of my dad gave me a fly rod/reel and a box of flies, several of which were Matuka streamers. These were the first flies I both fished and tied, so the Matuka will always be one of my favorite patterns. The style of tying (lashing the wing to the top of the hook by ribbing through the fibers of the feathers) lends itself to infinite possibilities. Virtually any type of feather--or even fur strip, in which case the fly may be referred to as a Zonker--can be used for the wing and the choice of body material is unlimited. (See Bob Petti's article on Matukas for more information on tying this style of fly.)
Throughout the years, small-sized matukas in black, brown, olive, yellow, and red have been very successful for me in catching trout, bass, and panfish. Naturally, when it was suggested that the streamer group swap matukas, I volunteered as swapmeister. I think we came up with some creative examples of this unique style of winging.
OLIVE GRIZZLY MATUKA
|HOOK||TMC 7999, #2|
|THREAD||Danville 6/0, Light Olive|
|BODY||Gold Diamond Braid|
|RIB||Fine Oval Gold Tinsel|
|WING||Two Olive Grizzly Rooster Body Feathers|
|THROAT||Red Hackle Barbs|
|COLLAR||Olive Grizzly Rooster Body Feather|
1. Start the thread behind the eye of the hook and wind toward the bend, building a foundation layer of thread.
2. Build an "underbody shape" by tying in sections of diamondbraid in progressively longer lengths beneath the hook shank. We want to form a slight belly shape to the fly.
3. Tie in the ribbing material at the rear of the fly on the far underside of the hook.
4. Tie in a longer length of diamond braid on the bottom of the hook shank just behind the eye and wrap your thread toward the bend, trapping the material as you go.
5. Wind the diamond braid forward over the underbody, completing the gold body.
6. Select a pair of matched rooster body feathers such that that useable portion of the feather is about twice the length of the fly's body. Strip off the fluff from the base of the hackles and strip of the fibers from the "bottom" portions of the hackles, so that nothing but bare stem rests against the body when the ribbing tinsel is wound forward.
7. Tie the butts of the hackles securely at the head of the fly and stretch the hackle over the body material tightly.
8. Using a bodkin, part the hackles at a point directly above the end of the body where the first turn of ribbing will be made.
9. While holding the hackles, make a single turn of ribbing to secure the hackles in place, maintaining a vertical orientation in relation to the hook.
10. Continue winding the ribbing forward, parting the hackles as you go with the point of your bodkin. Tie off at the head.
11. Strip a good chunk of red hackle barbs from a soft hackle and tie in a false beard.
12. Tie another grizzly feather by the tip and wind a soft hackle style collar, folding the hackle as you wind.
13. Wrap a neat head and whip finish.
Submitted By Jimmie Toney
|HOOK||Streamer, 3X to 6X long, size 2 to 12|
|BODY||Golden yellow yarn|
|THROAT||Red wool or dubbing|
|RIB||Heavy oval gold tinsel or gold wire|
|WING||Olive marabou, secured to the body with even wraps of ovalgold tinsel, matuka style|
1. Position hook in vice, start thread and run to the hook bend. Bind on golden yellow yarn and heavy oval gold tinsel or gold wire. Run thread to position of throat.
2. Wrap golden yellow yarn around hook shank to throat, fasten with a few wraps and cut off excess.
3. Attach red wool and run thread to just behind the eye of the hook.Wrap red wool to just behind hook eye and fasten with a few thread wraps and trim red wool.
4. Select two or three marabou feathers and trim to length. Length should be about two hook lengths. Strip the underside of the feathers for about one hook length.
5. Attach marabou at front of hook just behind the eye laying trimmed section along top of hook shank.
6. Separate feather barbs of marabou and wrap with gold tinsel or wire at regular intervals along hook shank to just behind the eye secure with a few thread wraps and trim excess.
7. Build head with thread and secure with a few whip finishes.
I finished the head of mine with a black enamel and several coats of head cement.
Submitted By Doug Saball
|RIB||Medium oval silver tinsel|
|HEAD||Mulberry dyed llama fur, spun and pulled out under hook shank forthroat|
MEDIUM BROWN MATUKA
Submitted By Clark Lucas
|THREAD||Griffins 12/0 Black|
|ABDOMENT||Red floss with underbody|
|THORAX||Peacock herl and thread loop twisted|
|WING||Medium brown grizzly pair|
|RIB||Medium oval tinsel (ties down wing and thorax)|
|COLLAR||Medium brown grizzly swept back|
|HEAD||Loon’s Hard head (black)|
|BODY||thick peacock herl|
|TAIL AND WING||Peacock neck feathers|
|COLLAR||Deep royal blue saddle hackle - I used the webby base fibers|
I developed this fly after receiving a bag of Peacock neck feathers from India. These are very attractive to the eye. I hope they are to the fish as well. This fly is very easy to tie. The bunches are just one neck feather clumped together. Choose the length of feather that you prefer. The process is simple, just tie in clumps to make the tail and wing as heavy or as sparse as you like. After each clump is tied in, wrap a few turns of full peacock herl then another clump. The front of the fly has 2-3 turns of deep Royal Blue hackle and then a black thread head. I hope you like this fly as much as I do.
RUFF GROUSE MATUKA
|HOOK||4x size 10|
|BODY||peacock olive chenille|
|WING||Ruffed Grouse breast feathers|
|COLLAR||same as the wing|
Submitted By Doug Bitton
|HOOK||6x size 8|
|RIB||Oval silver tinsel|
Submitted By Bruce P. Whittle
|RIB||black 3/0 monocord|
|BODY||black SLF dubbing|
|GILLS||crimson SLF dubbing|
|WING||4 black Metz hen saddle feathers|
|COLLAR||black saddle hackle|
BLACK TIPPED PHEASANT MATUKA
Submitted By Shawn Nicewonger
|HOOK||Mustad 3665A #6|
|BODY||Hunter green wool yarn|
|WING||Ringneck pheasant body feather with black spot near tip|
|THROAT||Peacock sword fibers|
Submitted By Robb Nicewonger
|HOOK||Kamasan Salmon #6|
|UNDERBODY||Lead wire from midpoint of shank to return wire|
|BODY||Gold lite brite dubbed|
|WING/COLLAR||Mottled brown hen|
Submitted By Robb Nicewonger
|HOOK||Mustad Bass bug stinger #10 (an experiment?)|
|BODY||Black angora yarn brushed out|
|WING||Red grizzly rooster body feathers|
|COLLAR||Same as wing|