Green Butt Butterfly
The Butterfly was orginated by Mauice Ingalls and over the
years has been modified using many variations. The Green Butt
Butterfly has been a staple fly for many fishermen on the Miramichi
no matter what tributary they are fishing.
Hook: Number 8 Mustad (down eye.)
It is important to note that if you are tying Butterflies they fish best
when tied on a Down-Eye Hook. Your winds can be situated at
different angles as to your own preferrence, but up here most of the
Butterflies are tied either at right angles to the shank of the hook or
at 45 degrees to the shank of the hook.
Tail: Red Hackle.
Tip: Gold tinsel (fine.)
Butt: Fluorescent Green Floss.
Body: Peacock Herl.
Wing: Calf Tail or Goat Hair or Polar Bear Hair.
Collar: Brown Hen Hackle.
Tying the Fly:
This is a very easy fly to tie. The only problem you may have is
splitting the wings so you have the same amount of hair on both sides
of the hook. I split the wings with a needle then go through the split
and around the bottom on the fly on the right-hand side, then go
through the split and take the thread completely around the left wing
then around the bottom of the fly and up through the split and completely
around the right wing.
Now tie in the hen hackle which will cover up your thread. The hackle
should be tied in on the side of the head and then through the wings, around
the head then back through the wings and around the head again, then tied off.
There are three things you will need to do to tie a perfect Butterfly: Practice,
Practice - Practice.
Fishing the Fly:
The Butterfly is used to fish Bright Atlantic Salmon, and probably
is one of the most versatile flies for fishing Salmon and Trout mainly
because it can be fished wet or dry.
There is nothing as pretty as to watch someone cast a
Butterfly with a number 4 or 6 pound test Maxima leader. The
fly seems to take on a life of it's own. The fly will actually flutter
on it's way down to meet the surface of the water much like a small
Trout fly. ~ Leigh Anderson (aka Trapper)