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Athol Butterfly
Mark Willigar Flies

The original Engle's Butterfly is a favorite of many anglers and justifiably so, since it's such a producer. It stands out among hairwings in it's originality of the concept of a laid back hair wing but split. The vastly accepted Mirimachi butterfly is somewhat different, tied primarily on turned down eye hooks, and with wild color combinations. The original version had a slightly longer wing, slightly less divided, and a collar that was not tied back as far, and a longer softer hackle, to produce a more breathable, current affected profile. The wings have a frogs leg effect when the line is stripped in on the retrieve. The original pattern was a favorite in my area by everyone, the only problem I had with it was the notorious destructibility of the peacock herl body, after a few fish teeth ran across it. This version is a mutation of materials, but tied with that concept of wing movement with strip retrieving in mind. ...And named after the community that little Bay of Fundy salmon river ran through.

Athol Butterfly 

Name Athol Butterfly
Category Atlantic Salmon
Hook #2- 14 Single salmon
Tag Oval silver tinsel
Tail Soft red hackle fibers
Butt Bronze peacock herl, or black seal fur
Tip Bright green or bright orange floss
Rib Oval silver tinsel and palmered golden pheasant crest
Body Oval silver tinsel
Wing White calf tail to back of hook bend, laid back at 45 degrees, slightly divided
Wing Soft brown hackle, tied to stand out slightly


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