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Guide Flies: Pink Matuka Spey

 

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Fly Name
Pink Matuka Spey
Species
Steelhead, Salmon
Notes The Pink Matuka spey can be a tricky fly to tie the first time, so be patient and take your time. It can be tied in smaller sizes,the 3/0 is the size I fish with the two hander and a heavy tip. It's a long materials list, but I've taken 10 years to perfect this fly. In various colors (black, purple, white and olive) this fly produces on every river I fish.



pink matuka spey - hot great lakes steelhead fly
Materials
 
Hook
Partridge CS10/1 (3/0)
  Thread 6/0 Uni Thread (pink or red)
  Tag Flat Mylar #12 (silver)
  Rib Medium Oval Tinsel X-Strong (gold)
  Body Micro Chenille (white)
  Wing Magnum Rabbit Strip (pink)
  Collar Large Cactus Chenille (pink)
  First Hackle Saddle Hackle (pink)
  Second Hackle Burnt Spey (white) -soaked in hot water
  Over-Hackle Mallard Flank (pink)
 
Tying Instructions

Step 1.

Start the thread 1/8 inch before the hook point. Be sure to keep the thread tight. This will allow the mylar to sit flat and smooth.

 

pink matuka spey step 1

Step 2.

Trim mylar to a point, tying the gold side up. Wrap your thread toward the hook eye until the trimmed mylar is secured.

 

 

pink matuka spey step 2

pink matuka spey step 2

Step 3.

Wrap the mylar toward the hooks eye, overlapping each wrap 50% with moderate tension to keep the mylar smooth and even.

 

pink matuka spey step 3

Step 4.

Wrap the mylar to the thread starting point, unwind the thread two turns, the second turn should go over the mylar. With one wrap of thread over the mylar, continue two more wraps of thread to secure, then trim off the mylar.

 

pink matuka spey step 4

pink matuka spey step 4

Step 5.

Wind the thread up to ¼ inch from the hook eye. Tie in the french oval ribbing. Secure the ribbing in front of the silver mylar. Repeat the same process with the micro chenille.

 

pink matuka spey step 5

pink matuka spey step 5

pink matuka spey step 5

Step 6.

Wind the micro chenille back up towards the eye, starting as close as possible to the silver mylar , wrapping opposite to the thread. Tie in and trim where it meets the end of the thread wraps.

 

 

pink matuka spey step 6

Step 7.

Trim the Magnum rabbit strip to a point, tying in 1/8 inch forward of  the chenille.

 

pink matuka spey step 7

pink matuka spey step 7

Step 8.

Wet the rabbit hair to make it easier to separate the hairs to secure with the ribbing. Put tension on the Rabbit strip while securing with the ribbing. Adding tension will pull the hairs making them stand up, giving the fly more body while swinging.

 

 

pink matuka spey step 8

pink matuka spey step 8

pink matuka spey step 8

Step 9.

Continue winding the ribbing, leave 1/8 inch space between wraps. Secure the ribbing with 10 wraps of thread. Take 3-4 strands of pearl crystal flash and tie in on top of the hook.

 

pink matuka spey step 9

pink matuka spey step 9

Step 10.

Strip off one side of a saddle hackle, tie it in tip first, wrapping as tight and close together as possible without breaking the hackle.

pink matuka spey step 10

pink matuka spey step 10

Step 11.

Tie in the cactus chenille, winding opposite of the hackle. Each wrap will need to have the fibers of the chenille pulled back with your fingers to keep the chenille wrapped tightly, tie off with 3-4 securing wraps with the thread.

 

 

pink matuka spey step 11

pink matuka spey step 11

Step 12.

Soak a burnt spey hackle in hot water for 5 min; this will keep the stem of the hackle from breaking. Strip one side of the hackle and tie in tip first. Wrap the hackle the same direction as the chenille pulling the fibers back to keep them lying over the chenille.

 

 

pink matuka spey step 12

pink matuka spey step 12

Step 13.

Tie off and trim the spey hackle. Select a long fibered mallard flank feather, strip one side of the feather and tie in tip first. Wind the flank the same direction as the burnt spey hackle, four to five wraps is all you will get from a mallard flank feather. Tie off and add some good quality head cement.

 

pink matuka spey step 13

pink matuka spey step 13

pink matuka spey step 13

Step 14.

Trim the rabbit strip 1 inch back from the mylar leaving ½ inch overhang from the bend of the hook. Do not use any more length to the rabbit strip as you may encounter short strikes. Trim the rabbit strip to a point and go get some Steelhead!

 

pink matuka spey step 14

pink matuka spey step 14

 

How to Fish

 

The makuka spey is fished best with a sink tip with an across-and-down presentation. Be sure to let the fly hang for awhile at the end of the swing to let the rabbit strip work its magic.