I show you how to tie a skunk, one of the most classic steehead flies that was created in the 1930’s.
There has since been many variations of the skunk including the Green-Butt Skunk tied by Callaghan of North Umpqua River fame.
Click here to watch the Skunk Video Tutorial:
The Skunk Material List
Thread: 8/0 Daiichi Black (click here to purchase)
Hook: Daiichi #2441 size #6 (click here to purchase)
Tail: Red Hackle Fibers (click here to purchase)
Body: Black Polar Dubbing (click here to purchase bulk)
Rib: Medium Silver Oval Tinsel (click here to purchase)
Hackle: Black Hackle (click here to purchase)
Underwing: Purple Flashabou or similar substitue (click here to purchase)
Wing: White Calf-tail and orange calf tail (link to purchase above)
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Here is a link to a little history of the Skunk pattern. From this article it appears that there is not a verified creator of the original skunk. If you have knowledge please share in the comments below.
I used it recently after my interview with Frank Moore on the North Umpqua River. Here’s a link to the podcast interview.
Conclusion for the Skunk
I hope you enjoyed the story I shared about my experience catching a steelhead on the Skunk. There is nothing better than using a classic fly in classic waters. Leave a comment below of your most classic pattern!