Butcher Fly


A simple yet effective, as well as eye-catching streamer pattern, used to target predatory fish.

How it's tied

Tying the Butcher fly involves utilizing a short or medium shank hook along with an array of materials, which together create a vivid and eye-catching profile. The fly's body is typically crafted from black floss or dubbed fur, neatly wrapped around the hook shank to achieve a sleek, slender form. Fine silver wire or tinsel serves as ribbing and results in a hint of shimmer in the body. A small cluster of red fibers forms the tail, giving a nice pop of color. The wing, a key aspect of the Butcher fly, consists of a paired, flat section of mallard flank feather, giving the fly a natural presence underwater. Blue or black hackle is used for the throat

What it mimics

The Butcher fly is designed to mimic a variety of small aquatic prey, primarily baitfish. The fly's distinctive coloration, mallard wing, and vibrant hackle make it an effective pattern.

Where it's used

Any fish that you would target with a small streamer can be caught on the Butcher. That's both freshwater and saltwater predatory species. It's most commonly used for trout, Salmon and small to medium freshwater predatory fish like Asp, Perch and Pike-Perch.

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Fish you can can fly fish for with the Butcher

Arctic Char


Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

Atlantic Cod

Atlantic Halibut

Atlantic Mackerel

Atlantic Salmon

Brown Trout

Cutthroat Trout


Golden Trout


Largemouth Bass

Marble Trout



Sea bass

Sea Trout

Smallmouth Bass

Twaid shad

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