Learn how to tie the Matuka streamer including step-by-step instructions, a video tutorial, pictures, and much more. Improve your fly tying skills here.
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Small stream Trout beware... this streamer gets CRUSHED in shallow water. The Matuka streamer is originally a New Zealand pattern and is made to imitate a Sculpin or small baitfish. This pattern works well across the US and beyond for trout looking for a protein-filled meal. This pattern can be stripped or swung and creates a nice profile in the water. If you're doing any trout fishing it's worth carrying a few of these in your box.
Start your thread and tie in the UTC Ultra Wire. Secure the Ultra Wire with a few thread wraps back to the bend of the hook.
Combine the orange, black, and brown dubbing by mixing them into a noodle and wrap the dubbing forward to create the body of the fly. Add as much or as little dubbing as you wish to create the body profile that's best for your respective fishery. Stop the dubbing noodle just before the eye of the hook to leave room for tying in the hot spot.
Create an orange dubbing noodle and dub a hot spot at the head of the fly. This will help the fly become more visible in the water.
Choose one feather of Coq De Leon, strip off the hairs on the underside of the fly, and tie in the feather right on top of the hook shank. Measure the feather so it extends about a half-shank back behind the hook. Throw two loose wraps, position the feather so it sits on top of the hook shank, then tie the feather in firmly.
Wrap the wire forward to anchor down the feather. Try not to trap too many fibers when wrapping the wire forward to give the fly the full profile of the feather. Tie off the wire just behind the eye of the hook then helicopter the excess wire to break it off.
Tie in another Coq De Leon feather. Strip some of the fuzzy fibers off of the feather then tie it in just behind the eye of the hook. Make sure to tie the feather in with the shiny side facing you.
Stroke the feather fibers back and wrap the Coq De Leon feather in a circular pattern to form the head of the fly. Make sure all of the feather fibers lay back to give the fly dimension. Build a small head with your thread, whip finish, add superglue, and you're done!
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