Green Butt Skunk |
By Jason Akl
The Green Butt Skunk is one of the most popular steelhead patterns ever created. Originated by Dan Callahan on the North Umpqua River the “Skunk” has fooled fish in all temperatures, conditions and different types of rivers that exist. It is one of the have-to-have flies no matter where you fish steelhead along the Pacific Rim.
Two of its most endearing qualities are that it is realitively easy to tie and it’s a breeze to cast and fish. The green butt skunk incorporates materials like chenille and calf tail to add volume and flare to the fly while at the same time keeping things simple and light making the fly easy to cast. To fish this fly use anywhere from a 5-7 weight 9 foot rod with a long fine leader. Steelhead are easily spooked so keep your fly line as far out of sight as possible from active fish. That trick will only help to improve your odds. Standard streamer swing fishing techniques work wonders with the “Skunk.”