Nut Butter- by Matt Grajewski

featured, Fly Patterns, Step-by-Step Tutorials — By on February 29, 2012 9:39 am

Rear Hook: #6 wide gape bass hook
Middle Hook: any long shank, straight eye streamer hook (will be cut at the bend)
Front Hook: 2/0 streamer hook
Tail: hackle feathers, marabou
Body: estaz, UV polar chenille, schlappen, rubber legs
Collar: schlappen
Head: craft fur dubbing brush
Eyes: lead eyes
Connection: 20# maxima and 6mm bead

I usually tie this fly in the 7″ range. It can certainly be tied shorter, or longer, if need be. It can also be tied in a variety of color combinations. It has a nice slinky action with a nose dive at the end. I also tie it without lead eyes for a little different action. While it is a larger fly, it is an easy tie. You are essentially tying the same streamer on three hooks.

Tie in 4 hackle feathers. Use 2 per side with the natural curve of the feather facing out from the hook.

Tie in a clump of marabou around the hackle feathers, leaving 1″-2″ of hackle feather tips exposed.

Tie in estaz, UV polar chenille, and a schlappen feather by the tip.

Wrap the estaz forward to the eye of the hook, and tie off.

Make wide wraps with the UV polar chenille to the eye of the hook, and tie off.

Palmer the schlappen feather forward, trying not to trap the fibers of the UV polar chenille. Tie off at the eye of the hook.

Tie in rubber legs.

For the connection, I like to use a stiff mono like Maxima. I prefer a stiff connection to prevent fouling. I use the tension of the loop around the eye of the hook to get the movement I’m looking for. I also believe mono is less likely to slip compared to wire. Again, use whichever you prefer.

Thread the line through the eye of the rear hook, creating a loop. Slide one bead over both tag ends.

Lash the mono tightly onto the top of the hook shank. Work your way toward the bend of the hook until you find the desired tension you want. I prefer using this method because you can fine tune the movement. If its too lose, making another wrap toward the bend. If its too tight, unwrap a turn or two until its where you want it to be. I do not use glue, but you can for piece of mind. I wrap tightly over the mono, and then fold it back over itself while making more tight wraps. I have never had a fly come apart.

Clump on some marabou to cover the junction and add some bulk.

Repeat the same steps as the rear hook. Wrap estaz, UV polar chenille, schlappen, add rubber legs.

Add lead eyes to the front and connect the fly.

Repeat the use of estaz, UV polar chenille, and schlappen. I like to palmer another schlappen feather as a collar to help support the head, and add more color depth.

I use a dubbing loop to create the craft fur brush because I’m lazy. To be more proactive, use the God Father of craft fur heads, Nick Granato’s method of creating craft fur dubbing brushes.

Cut approximately 2.5″ sections of craft fur. I like to pull out some of the fluff before putting it in the loop, but you can also brush it out later. Apply dubbing wax to the loop before inserting the craft fur clumps. Space it out evenly. It doesn’t have to be pretty.

Spin the loop and lightly pull out some of the fluff with your fingers.

Wrap the brush forward toward the eye of the hook. Leave yourself enough space to tie off the thread.

Trim the head to the desired shape. I used a flat, wide sculpin shaped head on this fly.

It will fish as is, but why not have some fun? Take permanent markers and color the head to your liking. Sometimes we have to please ourselves as well as the fish. The fish really aren’t that smart.

And you’re done. Go fish.

Matt hails from Grand Rapids, MI. His favorite thing is “throwing big shit for big browns”
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Some other color combinations.

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  1. Mitch G. Svaty says:

    I really do like it,

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  2. David Swart says:

    Like the color combo,could use a waddington shank also,where I live you’re only allowed a single hook,willl have to tye some & try them,tight lines,friend.

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  3. It is really nice fly ! Does it swim upside down? It might depend on where you`re tying the lead eyes. That might save a couple of hooks.

    I kike the rainbow trout the most!



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  4. Nick Granato says:

    Damn son thats things wicked! I’ve gotta try me one of those triple-double-articulated streamer flies.

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  5. Andrei Stroman says:

    Thumbs UP.
    I like the new look, these can also be adapted to the salt. They would get murdered

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  6. swellcat says:

    A mouthful. Should be a bass bomb.

    See any problem with tying the eyes opposite in order to make the thing run hook-up?

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  7. These are excellent articulated patterns which will catch very large fish!

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