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Marty 09-30-2008 01:06 AM

Blue Butt Black Mahogan

I just got back from a very successful trip up north (way north for me). The B.B. Dee I posted prior to the trip was my go to fly at the start of the trip and produced a number of good fish but after hooking a few fish on the same fly it was time to change. You might be thinking if something is working why change, I guess itís because I enjoy giving the new patterns in my box a swim to see if they will produce. This blue spey fly was a last minute attempt to fill the last five spots in my wheatley (I fill a wheatley with new flies every year in anticipation on the new returns). My wife gave me the inspiration for the colors, she really likes the look of king fisher blue. The fly has not been named yet but in reality itís just a blue butt black Mahogan. The fly produced a fish in its first 10 swings and with each fish that followed I gained more confidence in the fly. The blue butt black ended up being my top fly for the trip. This pattern has found a permanent spot in the wheatley.

Blue Butt Black
Hook: Alec Jackson
Thread: 6/0 black
Body: ľ silver doctor blue ĺ black seal or sub
Rib: large pearl Mylar followed by med. silver oval
Body hackle: King fisher blue schlappen hackle
Collar: black schlappen followed by a few turns of blue guinea
Wing: 4 black hackle tips


Step 1, secure the oval tinsel on the back side on the hook shank, then secure the flat Mylar on top of the oval. The body hackle is secured on top of the hook butt first. I strip the right side of the feather.


Step 2, I spin dub both the blue and black dubbing at the same time, then take it to the eye of the fly leaving room for the collar.


Step 3, make one turn of the Mylar behind the body on the bare shank then make 5 turns and secure at the eye. The oval follows the Mylar.


The body hackle follows the oval. To make the fly more durable you could counter wrap the body with a fine wire or mono. I did not counter wrap my squad of blue butts and did have one come apart after being dined on. The fly was retired to a special spot on the brim of my hat.


The collar starts with a black schlappen hackle followed by a few turns of guinea.


For the wing tie in four black hackle tips. If you look close you can see that I have taken the stems through the eye of the fly prior to securing. I wasnít much on hackle tipped wings until I watched Dec demonstrate his wing securing technique for his Mahoney while we were filming our tying DVD. Now hackle winged flies make up 50 % of my box. I love the way they look in the water, they move and have the perfect profile.


I will be heading up to one of the Snake River tribs here shortly so I am off to work on an orange and black version in two sizes smaller. Thanks for looking.


Jamie Daly 09-30-2008 02:20 AM

OH YEAH! That's a banger! Great color scheme. -Jamie

nrthcsteel 09-30-2008 02:49 AM

Congrats on what sounds like a highly succesful trip Marty. Great looking fly. Think Ill have to find a couple spots in the old wheatley for a few of those myself. Kevin

GR8LAKES FLYER 09-30-2008 07:23 PM

Way cool fly Marty !! :smokin:
Great colours too .


moethedog 09-30-2008 11:31 PM

Marty...Pretty cool..

I tied up 4 flies that are now in my box that are very similar.

Silver tinsel rather than the mylar. Purple schlappen collar rather than the blue guinea.

Mallard flank wing rather than the black.

I think they look slick...but yours look slicker.


Trigger 09-30-2008 11:55 PM

Great Fly!
Another great fly, Marty! What are you using for head cement these days? I gotta have some!

SCB 57 10-01-2008 12:32 AM


That fly is bad a$$.

Best regards,


Marty 10-01-2008 03:28 AM


Originally Posted by Trigger (Post 214755)
Another great fly, Marty! What are you using for head cement these days? I gotta have some!

Loon water base

BLACK FRANCIS 10-01-2008 09:01 AM

great looking fly and i'll bet that thing will work about anywhere.

on the loon water based head cement- how's it hold up for you after fishing the flies? i used some a couple of years ago and the heads seemed to get cloudy after using the flies and when they dried out it checked.

FGS III 10-01-2008 12:50 PM

Awesome tie Marty...wonderful photos and step by step as always.

Just tied one up for the Great Lakes (Salmon River), added a little flash but still has the vibe. Thanks for the inspiration!!

Marty 10-02-2008 01:17 PM

FGS very nice, looks like you have mastered the wing.

The loon holds up ok but it is hard to get away from the clouding. I do not over cement the heads on my fishing flies. The one below is a good example.

Here is the orange butt black


FGS III 10-02-2008 02:20 PM

Thanks Marty.....the little tip about putting the stems through the eye really helps....I never did that before....much easier and consistent.

Thank You!!

Jergens 10-02-2008 05:05 PM


what size are those two on? and also what dubbing do you like for a seal substitute? Thats a beautiful fly, i had to tie some up for the snake as well.


Marty 10-02-2008 06:38 PM

Size 1.5, seal is all I use. PM sent

Big Tuna 10-02-2008 11:17 PM

Plain Lovely
Your Blue Butt Black Mahogan is my favorite color combination. I've been messing w/ some speys w/ those colors, but haven't managed to come up w/ anything close to yours. Thanks for sharing. Your flies are a treat. Keep em coming.


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