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Fly of the Month – The Matuka Bugger

Fly Tyer: Justin Aldrich

This is a Sculpin imitation designed to swim on the bottom….and get there in a hurry. So keep that in mind when making this pattern your own with different material substitutes and colors.

I’ve been using this pattern lately on my local streams and have not only been catching numbers, but catching great sized Fish too. Great times to fish this are just before, during, and after a rain.


● Hook: Mustad R75-79580)
● Thread: Veevus 8/0 Olive/Brown.
● Bead: Tungsten Copper Cone head.
● Additional Weight: .025 Lead Wraps.
● Abdomen/Body: Olive Hare’s Ear Plus Dubbing.
● Collar: Dark Olive Speckled Hen feather.
● Body Hackle: Golden/Olive Saddle feather.
● Matuka Wing: Golden/Olive Saddle Spade feather. (Hen saddle feather can be used, also here.)
● Tail: Golden/Olive Saddle Spade feather & a small section of Olive Marabou.
● Rib: Small Copper wire.
● LOCTITE Superglue.

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Fly of the Month – Bluegill Belly Bean

Bluegills will often hit just about anything when it is spring time and they are on their beds. They are tenacious when guarding their beds and will strike at anything in their territory. But if they are not bedding, things change, especially in late summer.

I designed the Bluegill Belly Bean for late summer time when the bluegill are no longer on their beds and usually stay deep in the water. You can get the Bluegill Belly Bean down to find them and get their attention. Cast it out and countdown and let it sink. How long to count down depends on how deep the body of water is you are fishing or where the bluegill are holding. But I would say 10 or 15 seconds is a good start. Sometimes you might be able to just give it a twitch and the bluegill will take it. Other times you might just have to leave it sitting still or you may have to strip it and get it moving before they will strike. You just have to try different tactics to see what they like on that particular day. Normally they are not as easy to catch when they are not guarding their beds.

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Fly of the Month, Howitzer Bustin’ Baitfish

Fly Tyer: Martin Bawden, CEO, Fly Fishing Company, creators of Fish-Skull™, Nymph-Head™ and Surface Seducer® products

For August, we feature Flymen Fishing’s new Howitzer Bustin’ Baitfish tied using the new Howitzer foam baitfish popper head that imitates the head of a small minnow (or baitfish) splashing and sipping at the surface of the water. The Howitzer head is designed with a deep recess at the back so that an articulated body and tail of a minnow can be embedded seamlessly into the back of the head. As a result, the body of the minnow hangs down in the water (roughly at a 45-degree angle) and moves enticingly in a position that can be seen by predatory fish from a long distance and offers them an irresistible profile and an easy opportunity for a meal! To tie the Howitzer Bustin’ Baitfish, you combine the Howitzer popper head with Surface Seducer® Dragon Eyes™, Surface Seducer® Popper Hooks, and the Fish-Skull® Articulated Shank.


Head: Surface Seducer Howitzer Baitfish Popper Head – white, medium size
Eyes: Surface Seducer Dragon Eyes – 6mm size, any of the 4 colors available will work
Front Hook: Mustad 34007 (or similar) streamer hook, size 1/0
Back Hook: Gamakatsu SC15, size #2
Shank: Fish-Skull Fish-Spine, 15mm shank
Main Body: Gamechanger Chenille, Clear
Middle Body and hook: Marabou, White with several wraps of Palmer Chenille.

Want to learn more about how to tie this fly? Read the Flymen blog, Inside Look: Designing the Surface Seducer Howitzer by Martin Bawden for a behind-the-scenes look at developing this new material, as well as videos demonstrating how to tie the Howitzer Bustin’ Baitfish.