Small silver (or red if tying blk fly) wire
6/0 wh or blk thread (but I use 210 denier when tying w/ bucktail)
1) Wrap thread from eye of hook to just above the hook point.
5) Tie in wire in front of tail with just enough room for 1 wrap of chenille behind the wire. When tying in the wire, run the tag end of wire up most of shank length & leave the bobbin hanging behind the dumbell eyes.
6) Wrap chenille in opposite direction of bobbin thread & place 1 wrap behind the wire to keep the wire from sliding rearward. Do 1 figure-8 wrap of chenille around the dumbbell eyes and tie in where the bobbin is located. Keep bobbin here!
7) For the body, tie in the butt end of the marabou just behind the dumbbell eyes, where the bobbin is located. Again, keep the bobbin here! The fluffy part of the marabou faces the same direction as the hook eye.
8) Wrap the marabou rearward & with enough spacing on the shank to allow it to get close to, but not cross over, where the wire is tied in. Brush the feathers foward as you wrap. Leave the marabou hanging via the hackle pliers when you are finished wrapping.
History of the Fluffy Butt: The pattern was tied this spring when searching for a leach-like pattern to fish for smallies on Chequamegon Bay. I remember seeing a puffy orange-colored marabou fly somewhere on-line. I didn't have the recipe so I 'created' my own version. A friend requested some of these flies, but asked that bucktail be placed in lieu of marabou for the tail. Therefore, there are 2 ways to tie this fly. If you get too crazy wrapping the thread behind the eyes, the fly will look as if it has a long chicken neck & a big, fluffy butt. The fish don't seem to mind. To date, this fly, which resembles either a black leach or a white minnow, has landed bass and pike. ~Twitch