Olive Matuka

Brown trout if


Rainbow trout

The term Matuka originally applied to a specific New Zealand bird whose feathers were used for this style of fly. The term has since come to mean a winging style where the feathers are secured to the top of the body with turns of ribbing. The great advantage of this method is that it prevents the wing from twisting or getting caught under the bend of the hook while casting. The wing is prepared in the standard way of forming a streamer wing, using pairs of cock hackles placed back to back. Only then are the fibers torn away from the underside of the wing so that it can sit easily on the body.


Lead wire

Matuka Fly



Dyed olive grizzle cock hackles

Oval gold tinsel



Dyed olive grizzle hackles


Size 2-10 3X longshank


Dyed olive rabbit fur


Tying Matuka Fly

2 Using a simple twisting action between finger and thumb, work the rabbit fur into a tapering rope. Wind the rope in touching turns along the hook shank.

IFix the hook in the vise and form a lead wire underbody. Run on the tying thread and catch in 3 inches (7.5cm) of oval, gold tinsel at the bend. Dub on a generous pinch of dyed olive rabbit fur.

Matuka Fly

3 Select two pairs of grizzle cock hackles dyed olive. Place them dull-sides together so that all the tips are level. This will form a straight wing

4 Remove the fibers at the base so the wing is the correct length. Then, tear off the fibers under the wing for the same length as the body. Catch in at the eye.

Fly Matuka

5 Moisten the wing and pull it over the body.

Divide the hackle fibers at the tail and make one turn with the tinsel. Wind the tinsel through the hackles in evenly spaced turns, dividing the hair as you go.

6 Add a collar of dyed olive grizzle hackle and cast off.


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