The Green Butt Skunk is one of the most popular and
proven steelhead patterns. The original Skunk was possibly originated in
the 1930's by Wes Drain on the Stillaquamish River in Washington. The
original wing was apparently real black and white skunk hair, which
makes you wonder just how far fly anglers will go to catch a steelhead.
Many years later the fly as we know it to day was refined by Dan
Callaghan who wisely changed the winging material from skunk to calf
tail, and the Green Butt Skunk found its way into steelheading history
and just about every fly box in the Northwest and beyond. Today it is
tied in countless variations including spey, waking, and stinger, and
every tier has their own version, but this is a fairly standard Green
Butt Skunk recipe.