The Chubby Muffin is a sculpin imitation which uses a craft fur dubbing brush for the head. Craft fur is inexpensive, comes in a large variety of colors, and takes markers well. But more importantly, it has a neutral buoyancy after being soaked through, allowing the angler to present the fly in a different manner than sculpin imitations that incorporate a deer hair or wool head.
Hook: Gamakatsu B10S #1
Eyes: Real Eyes Plus 7/32” Gold/Chart
Flash: Gold Holographic Flashabou
Dubbing: Wapsi Hares Ear SLF Prism Dubbing
Collar: Whiting’s Grizzly Orange Schlappen
Tail: Magnum Gold Variant Rabbit Strip
Pectoral Fins: Natural Partridge
Head: Rainy’s Yellow Craft Fur, Wapsi BR Ultra Wire Hot, Yellow Gold and Brown Sharpie Markers
First, tie the eyes in on top of the hook shank.
Tie in the flash, but don’t cut it just yet.
Wrap the dubbing forward about 1/4″ (6.4mm) then pick it out
Tie in the schlappen, and then make a few wraps forward.
Pick out two natural hen saddle feathers
Tie them in on the sides of the shank, making sure they flare straight out.
Cut the flash.
Cut a 3″ (76mm) long zonker strip.
Pierce it with the hook from the back side, and then slide it down the hook shank.
Pull it forward and then tie it off.
This is the wide profile you are looking for.
Cut off and stack some craft fur.
Cut the craft fur so it is about 1″ (25mm) long.
Wax some wire, and then stack the craft fur in between the wire. Use a ruler to straighten.
Make a dubbing brush.
I use a drill to speed things up, but you can use a dubbing loop tool.
Make two wraps behind the head, and then figure 8 the dubbing brush around the eyes.
Tie the brush off at the eye. Next, build up a small head, whip finish, and then seal it with it with Loctite.
Trim the bottom flat, and then trim the rest to a sculpin profile. Color the whole head with a gold sharpie.
Darken the top with a brown sharpie.
The finished fly
This is the wide profile you want.