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Pattern Matuka
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Category Streamers
Entered Mon, 06 Sep 2004
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Hook: TMC 5262 or 5263 #2-12 Weight: Lead wire, sized to hook (shank diameter) Thread: Black 70-denier or 6/0 Rib: Gold Oval Tinsel, small or medium Body: Dark Olive Medium Chenille Wing: Four matched feathers from a grizzly dyed olive hen neck or saddle. Collar: Hen Neck or Saddle Feathers, grizzly dyed olive
Pattern Description
The Matuka is a streamer pattern that hails from New Zealand. The unique method of attaching the wing to the body prevents the wing from becoming fouled on the hook point and makes for a very fishy silhouette. I prefer hen feathers, (saddles or capes, depending on the fly size) for the wing on this pattern as their natural webbiness allows the wing to meld together across the tinsel rib. Rooster feathers will work also but result in a much more transparent wing that spreads across the top of the body and loses some of the profile. You can add a cone or bead to this pattern or simply tie it as it is presented here. The overall shape of the fly is reminiscent of a variety of common baitfish and matches sculpins particularly well.