Green Butt Stick

Created by Jeff Morgan


Stick flies are extremely simple patterns, consisting primarily of a sparse body and some ribbing. The key to their effectiveness is their thinness. This pattern resembles a midge pupa, although its generality allows to suggest many different insects. See the article Stick Flies for more about this style of tying.

The chartreuse hot spot simply provides a focus point for the fish. It can be at the rear of the fly or, as shown here, at the front. When the hot spot is at the front, the pattern suggests a cased caddis.

How to Fish

On lakes, use a floating or an intermeditate line and retrieve the fly with a count-down-and-retrieve or slow retrieve. Vary the retrieve until you find what works best at the moment: slow and steady, fast, strip-and-pause, or quick, short two-inch strips. A wind drift presentation also works well.

You can also fish the fly near the surface with a static midge presentation on a floating line, or use the deep midge presentation.

Jeff Morgan says, "I love to fish stick patterns in foam lines that develop on windy afternoons. Here I will grease my line and leader within a few inches of the fly, letting the fly bob up and down with the waves."

In rivers, use the shallow nymph presentation.

Tying Instructions

1. De-barb hook, place in vise, and start thread.

2. Tie in chartreuse butt.

3. Tie in copper wire and peacock. Wrap peacock forward and tied off.

4. Wrap copper wire ribbing forward and tie off.

5. Tie in brown collar hackle. Wrap, tie off, and trim.

6. Whipfinish and trim thread.

Hook: Dai Riki 320 size 8-14

Thread: Black

Butt: Chartreuse Antron

Body: Peacock herl twisted and wrapped. Alternatively, peacock Ice Dub.

Ribbing: Copper wire

Hackle: Furnace