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Green Butt Skunk tied by Darren MacEachern

The Green Butt Skunk is one of the most popular west Coast steelhead flies around and many different versions exist. The fly is a form of the Skunk and is credited to the late Dan Callaghan. Dan passed away in 2006, but his friends Steve Bukieda and Joel La Follette got together and came up with a wonderful idea to honor Dan’s memory and his love of the North Umpqua River. The project collected Green Butt Skunks from 100 tyers and the collection was put together into a giant frame with Dans original Green Butt Skunk as a centerpiece. The framed collection also features GBS’s tied in many different styles from full dressed Atlantic Salmon versions to a humpy themed dry fly version. Link below. 101 Green Butt Skunks

Green Butt Skunk fly pattern recipe

Hook: Superfly Heavy Wire Salmon / Steelhead #2
Thread: Black 6/0
Tag: Silver mylar tinsel
Tail: Red schlappen
Butt: Chartreuse Senyo’s Laser Dub
Rib: Silver embossed tinsel
Body: Black Senyo’s Laser Dub
Wing: White Arctic Fox
Flash: UV pearl Ice Dubbing
Hackle: Natural black schlappen
Head: Black thread


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Purple Skunk Variant – Dimitri Gammer

I’ve been loving all the new fly tying video, and for the experienced tyer, it just keeps getting better and better. Instructional video are wonderful for those trying to learn new skills or cut their teeth on some basic patterns, but for tyers well versed in the ways of threads and hook, it can be a bit lame to sit through another how to. We just need to see the steps, perhaps a little on-screen narration and hopefully some new interesting music to accompany. Dustin kinda hits all the buttons for me on this tie, using cuts to reduce the fluff in the flick, speeding up the frame rate during repetitive actions and slowing down for the important details. There is also a nice artistic montage of the fly at the end. Well done and looking forward to more.

Purple Skunk – variant from Dimitri Gammer on Vimeo.

Hook: Partridge Salmon Hook Size 4
Tip: Silver Tinsel (Embossed)
Tag: Pink Floss
Tail: Golden Pheasant tippet
Body: Purple Seal Fur
Rib: Silver Tinsel
Hackle 1: Purple saddle
Hackle 2: Purple Guinea
Wing: Polar Bear, fox or bucktail


Rusty Rat – FlySpoke

Wow, an amazing video featuring the Rusty Rat. Some awesome narration to go along with the fly.

Somewhere about 1935 Joseph Clovis Arsenault was asked by Joseph Pulitizer to replicate a worn out Black R.A.T. that had the under body showing through. This better with age and well used fly was the birth of one of the most famous of all Canadian hair wing flies.

Defiantly one of my all time favorite salmon flies to tie and fish. Enjoy!