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Name Skunk
Category Steelhead
Hook Size 1/0 to 8
Tail Scarlet Wisps
Body Black Chenille
Ribbing Medium Silver Tinsel
Collar Black Saddle Hackle
Wing White Bucktail or Polar Bear Hair (I subbed a synthetic material that I like called "Big Fly Fiber"  
Head Black

The original Skunk has been attributed to various sources. Some believe it was originated by Wes Drain for Washington's Stillaguamish River in the 1930s. Others believe it was originated in the 1940s for Oregon's North Umpqua. It has been tied in numerous variations. Whatever the case, it remains a "venerable" and reliable fly.

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