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Old 02-14-2003, 10:31 AM
BigDave BigDave is offline
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From what I can tell this is just a color variation on a Matuka Sculpin. The main differences from what I can see here are:

Traditional sculpin patterns have a spun wool head to keep it on the bottom rather than deer hair (sculpins are bottom-dwellers)

The traditional matuka calls for a singe broad, webby, rounded hen hackle or schlappen rather than a saddle, lashed to the hook zonker-style (as you have here with the saddle). The idea is to provide a broad profile to suggest larger prey.

Not saying one is better than the other, just pointing out the differences between the 2. I personally tie a variation of this fly with a palmered hackle body and marabou tail to imitate egg-sucking sculpins. It's the best steelhead streamer I've ever used.

My .02

Just to illustrate what I'm talking about wth the hen hackle:

Last edited by BigDave; 02-14-2003 at 10:38 AM.
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