Matuka !

matuka BOC 1 probably more fun than tying or fishing them, the greatest joy with this awesome streamer pattern is yelling


at the top of your lungs when approaching a likely big-fish holding spot. this seemingly counter-intuitive act puts the bigger fish in a prime eating mode and also chases away any other angler for miles around. (nothing’s worse for good fishing mojo than say, having a casting instructor observing your style from behind a bush with the ensuing silent tsk, tsk critiquing). the unsuspecting angler may not see or hear anything but  as we all know, negative vibes are the real cause of tailing loops !

having a hard time finding out the actual creator of this pattern, i’ll go sheep-like and simply bleat that it’s origins originate in New Zealand (the land of sheeps) and was devised as a bait fish imitation to match well, the local baitfish.
matuka BOC wingsit’s particular shape comes from the use of two feathers, carefully prepared, trimmed to form and tied in back to back on top of the hook shank. that in itself doesn’t seem to be so unique as it apparently has been part of much older salmon patterns and we’ll also readily find flies of the same name tied in with a rabbit fur (or other similar fur strip) instead of  hackles so, what seems to me is the Matuka style can mostly be attributed to the fact that whatever the ‘wing’ is made of, it’s held in place by the rib starting by the back of the fly and wound towards the front.

anyway, in what is by far the prettiest, neatest and over-all yummiest version of this pattern i’ve ever seen, Monsieur Barry Ord Clarke shares with us a great step-by-step of this version with all of the finer points in making a not-only beautiful but successful fly worthy of presenting to a bigun‘.

as suggested, don’t hesitate to mix and match other materials to suit your needs and get ‘just the right profile’. one recommendation though, be anal with the feather preparation and symmetry as this greatly affects how the fly swims and tracks through the water.
click either pic to access the step-by-step. enjoy !

matuka BOC 2

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t(r)ippin’ with Stu Tripney

or: how to snap the rod on a nice fush and still have a great time and not loose it  !

proud owner of ‘Stu’s Orgasmic World Famous Fishing Shop’,

and Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Master Instructor,

and very creative fly tier !
his out-of-the-box approach to fly design and ‘A Foam Odyssey’ tying dvd have been a great influence for several of my stillwater flies.
thanks Stu !

it’s pretty clear that Stu’s one of the most colorful personalities of our little fly fishing world. be sure to visit him and his Orgasmic Shop next time you’re in New Zealand !

sprattin’ with Trev.

a super-sweet New-Zealand style hello from buddy Trevor Bourne who’s been off trampin’ for who knows how many months now. i wonder if he’ll come back. i wouldn’t…

The Sprats are balled up in the harbor tonight and the Kahawai are feasting…

Its a half mile wade across the flats and there’s nobody but me to enjoy the lukewarm water. The sky is clear and blue, the water too…
Eagle rays grace me with their flights of fancy, Piper dance because the Kingfish say so.
All around Kahawai are busting moves, the 6wt hoops a good bend.
The Maori called them “Strong in the water” for good reason.
The Sprats, like my crease fly….don’t stand a chance.

Kahawai (Arripis trutta – kahawai, sea trout, Australian salmon)