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The Horrible Matuka (Darbee)
A Ken Broadhead Fly

The Horrible Matuka


The Horrible Matuka

Original dressing on the left and the small changes I made on the right.

Category Steelhead

No. 2 salmon low water / partridge CS10/1

Tip Fine silver oval tinsel
Thread Any strong thread / Danville Flymaster Plus black
Rib Oval silver tinsel / fine silver wire
Body   Fluorescent orange chenille / hot orange chenille
Wing 2 reddish orange saddles / 2 fluorescent inside 2 fire orange saddles
Collar Reddish orange badger saddle hackles
Head Black

The Horrible Matuka (Beaded) was tied by Ken Broadhead. You will find many more of his exceptional beaded flies, as well as several other styles at The Flies of Ken Broadhead.

Ken's Notes: This fly comes from the Fly-Tyers Almanac (Boyle/Whitlock 1975). Itís also listed in Farrow and Allenís Flies for Steelhead, but calls for orange badger for the wing/tail and pink chenille for the body. There is no reason you canít tie this fly in any colors that suit you.

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