The Matuka fly pattern originated from the name of large and elegant New Zealand bird called the Bittern, known natively as “Matuku”. The matuka was the source of the material used for the wing of this pattern.
The fly’s popularity spread to Australia, Great Britain and the United State and along the way, the original fly had it’s name change to Matuka along with a new variety of similarly looking patterns that emerged.
The original bittern feathers are no longer used, thanks to a protection order which was put in place to protect the rapidly diminishing bittern population.
The order imposed a total ban on the use of bittern plumage and as a result, tyers found replacements feathers for the wing.
The fly imitates small sculpin, fry fish, leech and minnows with the swimming action of a baitfish.
Great pattern to have in a fly box for Salmon, Steelhead, Trophy Trout and Bass.
Usually available in the following color variations: Badger | Olive
Usually available in the following hook sizes: 4 | 6 | 8 | 10 | 12