Zach's Butterball

About: This pattern is an egg/nymph hybrid that incorporates a unique body composition with very dynamic materials that not only cause the fly to have an almost indistinguishable entry into the water, but also provides great movement. The first version of this pattern I tied was intended to be fished similarly to an egg to suspended or cruising Carp, but as it evolved, I tweaked it to be fished to the shallow tailers on our local reservoirs. You could even upscale it to throw at Redfish or Bonefish on the flats! 

Material List:

Hook: Gamakatsu SL45, size 6

Eyes: Medium beadchain, black

Thread: 8/0 UNI, brown (dense thread such as UNI makes tying in the body a ton easier and creates a much neater finished product)

Tail: Red fox body, small clump of pearl ice dub, two nymph sized sili legs (speckled brown)

Body: Alternating clumps of SowScud dubbing tied horizontally figure eight style, (light sow bug and dark grey pictured)

Wing: Two sili legs on either side of the fly, clump of red fox




Step one: Secure hook in vice.

Step 2: Secure bead chain eyes and a clump of red fox about 1 and 1/4 the length of the hook shank.

Step 3: Attach a clump of Pearl Ice Dub on top of the fox body.

Step 5: Attach one section of nymph sized Sili Legs on either side of the fly

Step 4: Select two colors of SowScud Dubbing...

... And alternate tying clumps of each color in figure eight style to build up the body.

Step 5: Pull the clumps upwards and trim them to shape to about the width of the eyes.

Step 6: Attach two sili legs on either side of the hook shank behind the eyes.

Step 7: Dub the head of the fly according to your pattern of alternation. 

Step 8: Move your thread forward and secure a clump of fox body to the tips of the tail, then whip finish to complete the fly.