Green Butt "Venerable" Skunk
Hook: Alec Jackson Spey (Daiichi #2051) Sizes #7 through #1.5 or Partridge CS 10/1 Bartleet Traditional Sizes #8 through #1
Thread: Fl. Orange un-waxed 6/0 Danville Flymaster thread
Tag: Fine Silver Oval Tinsel and Green or Chartreuse UniStretch
Tail: Red Saddle Hackle or Schlappen fibers
Body: 1/3 Peacock Herl - 2/3 Black-dyed Seal Hair
Rib: Small Oval Tinsel - 4 turns over Seal Hair
Collar(s): Sparse Black Hen Hackle under Natural Guinea Fowl
Wing: Polar Bear or White Calf Tail accented with Pearl Green Angel Hair
Head: Fl Orange
Green Butt Skunk was tied by contributing fly tyer, the late Scott Howell. He called it "Venerable Skunk" because it has been such a trustyworthy pattern for so many years, but he again showed with this rendition how established patterns can be tied with modern materials.
Western Steelhead Flies were first developed in the classic style used to tie Atlantic Salmon Flies, and although many other styles have evolved, here is an example of how the use of modern materials enhances the fly's effectiveness.
The original Skunk has been attributed to various sources. Some believe it was originated by Wes Drain for Washington's Stillaguamish River in the 1930s. Others believe it was originated in the 1940s for Oregon's North Umpqua. It has been tied in numerous variations since then and it remains a venerable and reliable fly.
You can see more of the late Scott Howell's flies on his page on this site, Scotty Howell Flies.