Tying Video – Green Butt Skunk

This weeks fly tying video is the Green Butt Skunk.  I wanted to do a few Salmon & Steelhead flies over the next few weeks and am starting with this one.  The Green Butt Skunk is actually a variation of the original Skunk fly, another popular Steelhead fly.  Basically, a couple wraps of Fl. Chartreuse were added to the back of the body and it has help make the fly even more productive.  It is a simple fly to tie, especially compared to the Carrie Stevens patterns I have been doing lately.  It has all the basic elements and if you sit down at the vise for a couple hours you can have a few dozen knocked out in no time.

I chose the Green Butt Skunk not only because it is a productive pattern (and fun to tie) but because it is a great example of how one minor change can help make a fly more productive.  Often as tiers we get locked into tying patterns the “traditional” way or rather how it was handed down to us and about the most we change it is different overall colors or sizes.  We might go really crazy and add a conehead to the fly or something similar but that is about it.  I don’t know if it is because many tiers see their time at the vise as having to be “productive time” and therefore don’t experiment.  If they know this fly tied this way has worked in the past , why change it?  Maybe it is more the fact that fisherman and women tend to be superstitious lot.  I once had an order for 6 dozen Copper John’s, number 16 in a Maroon color turned down because the shade of maroon was not right!  Go figure!

Whatever the reason we get in our ruts, sometimes it is beneficial to step out of it, even if just a little bit and change up a favorite pattern.  Who know, in the case of the Green Butt Skunk make the butt Red, or Fl. Pink, or Fl. Blue you might just stumble on something even better.  By nature I like to tie many different flies.  I just enjoy the act of fly tying sometimes more then being on the water (usually in the winter when I can’t get on the water).  I know many tiers do not.  They see the tying part as a utilitarian step in the process of catching fish.  They want to make certain they are tying flies that WILL catch fish and they will only tie enough flies for their trip.  For me, I might tie up two dozen of ten different patterns splitting up each dozen into different colors and sizes.  So I end up with 20 dozen flies for a weeks worth of fishing and usually only end up fishing one or two patterns the entire trip.  But sometimes and odd fly that I tied is the one that makes the difference and a new fly is born.  So, like the Green Butt Skunk, change up your flies and try something a little different.  You might find a great new pattern lurking at your vise.

HookTiemco  7999, #2 – #6
ThreadBlack Danville 6/0
TailRed Hackle Fibers
BodyFl. Chartreuse Chenille & Black Chenille, Fine
RibbingDanville Silver Oval Tinsel, Size 14
CollarBlack Schlappen
WingCalf (Kip) Tail, White

As mentioned, the next few weeks will be more Salmon and Steelhead patterns.  I will then be tying a few Redfish patterns as I have a Redfish trip to Louisiana coming up.  If you haven’t read it yet I posted last week the classes I have scheduled for the Winter and Spring of 2020.  You can check that out here.  Plus, there are some exciting changes coming to Dressed Irons all focused on more content and fly tying info.  Check back soon.

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If you would rather purchase some Green Butt Skunk flies there are a few here at Dressed Irons for sale (while supplies last).

As always, if you have any questions about this fly (or any other) you can leave a comment on Dressed Irons or any of the videos I have produced and I will help in anyway I can. Enjoy!

Remember….. It’s Fly tying….. If you’re not having fun, You’re Doin’ It Wrong.

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