SBS Michigan Skunk SBS


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Popularized by Earl Madsen (also called the Madsen Skunk), although he wasn't the creator; believed to be the first fly tied with rubber legs (from old golf balls).

hook - TMC 5212 #10
thread - Danville 6/0 black
tail - squirrel tail
body - chenille black
legs - medium rubber white
wing - deer hair

mash barb, start thread at 75% mark and wrap back to point above barb

stack, measure (not quite shank) a clump of squirrel tail; tie in, smooth with thread wraps (a little Sally helps keep the slippery squirrel in place, too)

strip end of chenille , tie in at tail

wrap to 50% mark, then tie in rubber legs; continue chenille forward, tie off, trim

clean, stack, measure (not quite to tips of tail) a clump of deer hair

trim butts, 2 soft loops then pull tight, causing butts to flare

crosswrap back, take a couple wraps then cross back to wing tie-in point

half hitch x 2, SHHAN, trim legs to length



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Wont the chenille get water-logged? Perhaps a dubbed body (or better yet, some peacock herl) would help it float better.

Absolutely; I was just tying this true to the original. I'm thinking a foam body for an updated version.


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