Many avid streamer fishermen will tell you that the Butt Monkey is one of the best big fish flies you can tie on. It might not be as big of as flashy as many of the new and articulated patterns that are coming out tied for trophies, but it will entice the same big fish strike. If you want to get creative this fly can be tied to imitate almost any baitfish that fish prey on. It also has fish catching triggers such as the yellow marabou tail and bleeding throat. This combined with a rabbit strip wing, UV estas body, and a wool head make the Butt Monkey a real fish producing streamer. In most places Kelly Galloup is given credit for designing this fly, but this is not the case. Kelly Galloup did come up with the articulated Butt Monkey, but Russ Madden of Thunder Bay, Ontario is the real originator. Kelly can be credited with the addition of the lead dumbell eyes though. Regardless of who came up with this fly it catches fish… and big ones!
- Hook: Daiichi 1750 4
- Thread: Danville’s 3/0 or UTC 140 Denier
- Eyes: Dumbell
- Tail: Yellow Marabou
- Wing: Magnum rabbit strip
- Body: Estaz or cactus chenille
- Collar: Pheasant Rump
- Throat: Red Super Bright dubbing
- Head: Wool
Start by securing the hook in your vice and begin a thread base and advance it to cover about 1/4 of the hook shank as shown.
Rotate the eyes the opposite direction you are winding your thread on the shank until they are the bottom as shown. This helps lock the eyes down. Secure the eyes again and cover with figure eight wraps.
Tie in a plume of yellow marabou so that it extends about 3/4 of the hook shank past the bend. Make sure and trim the marabou before the eyes a leaving a little space so that you don’t create unnecessary bulk in the head.
Next tie in a magnum rabbit strip at the same point that you tied in the estaz. You can use your scissors to part the hair and expose the hide so you do not trap any when you secure it to the shank. The rabbit strip should extend approximately 1 1/2 hook shanks past the bend.
Take a pheasant rump feather and strip the fluffy feathers off the stem. next grab the feather by the center fibers coming from the stem at the tip and sweep the rest of the fibers towards the thick part of the stem. Tie the feather in where you tied off the rabbit by the tips right next to the remaining fibers. Then wrap the feather around the shank (usually you can get two good wraps out of one feather and thats plenty) making sure to sweep the fibers back as you are wrapping to not trap any of the fibers. Capture and secure the stem with your thread and trim the excess.
Take a small clump of red Super Bright dubbing and pinch it between your thumb and forefinger. Take your other hand and pull the dubbing from the hand holding it. You will have some in both hands after this, then you will stack these clumps on top of each other so the fibers line up. Continue doing this until the fibers are as “stacked” and uniform as possible. You can sub wool, Angle Hair, or pretty much any red dubbing. Tie in the dubbing at the midpoint of the clump on the bottom of the shank. Pull the fibers pointing forward back and secure them with a couple of thread wraps and trim the fibers so they are even.
Take two smaller clumps and tie them in on the sides just behind the eyes. Then work your thread in between the clumps in front of the wool, pull the wool towards the tail and wrap your thread back against the wool like you would with stacking deer hair. If the proportions are right then you should be ready to advance the thread in front of the eyes, but if there is still room repeat the previous process until you are at the eye. Once your thread is in front of the eye you will only have to stack the wool on the top and bottom of the hook. Continue stacking wool until you reach the hook eye.
Once you are at the eye pull the wool back whip finish and trim off your thread. Now your have some real trimming to do. use your scissors to sculpt the wool into a sculpin head shape. It helps to form the head and bottom if you pinch the sides of the head, and pull the wool out to completely trim the sides.