I wrote a blog about matuka flies late summer last year, diving a little bit into the history of the style. Our resident, fly tying factory, Håkan, has made a step-by-step instruction on tying a matuka, so let’s take a more detailed look at the fly.
This is a pattern of Håkan’s and it doesn’t really have a name yet, so let’s go with the brilliant name, Håkan’s Matuka. Håkan’s Matuka uses a few, for matukas, uncommon materials, yet very ordinary materials. Dubbing, pheasant feathers and dumbbell eyes. Unlike many matukas, which are long and slender, Håkan uses the pheasant feathers and a dubbing head to create a profile more akin to a sculpin. That means that the pattern is equally useful in both fresh- and salt water. Being weighted with dumbbell eyes it’ll get down fast in the deepest pools and using lighter weights (or no weight) it’s well suited for still water fishing.
There are endless variations possible with the matuka-style, limited only by the feathers you have available to you. And should you want something that a feather can’t provide, then zonkers are tied the same way, only with a strip of fur instead of feathers. Using a different hook and a bead, you can even create jig-style zonkers as this one.
Daniel Bergman from Fly Dressing in Sweden has just released a video, showing in detail how he ties this style of jig-zonker-streamer. When tying this type of flies, intended to fish deep, it’s important to keep them simple, because you will lose some as you tumble them along the bottom.