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Tip Dyed Rabbit Strips           Incredibly huge selection of rabbit strips for tying flies.
These strips are dyed a darker color at the tips of the hair. The first five colors with FS prefix are designed for, but not limited to, the construction of flesh flies for use in areas such as Alaska where trout eat copious amounts of decaying salmon flesh. The colors with a prefix of TT were designed for use as Zonker strips for tying imitations of bait that have a definite darker dorsal strip, or darker dorsal area. The strips can also be wound on a hook to create some unusual bunny buggers.
The standard strips are 1/8" wide and include 4 strips per package, approximately four feet total. The Rabbit Matuka Steelhead Fly is a proven pattern type that is further improved when tied with Tip Dyed Rabbit Strips. When wet, this material moves with the currents and mimics the actions of swimming baitfish, shrimp and squid.
Tip dyed rabbit strips
Two-Tone Rabbit Strip, Black/Fl OrangeTwo-Tone Rabbit Strip, Purple/Hot PinkTwo-Tone Rabbit Strip, Hot Orange/Yellow
Tip Dyed Rabbit Strips, Peachy OrangeTip Dyed Rabbit Strips, Salmon Pink/OrangeTip Dyed Rabbit Strips, Pinky Shrimp
Item Description Color Price To Top
FS76 Two Tone Rabbit Flesh Strips, Creamy Pink Creamy Pink $2.55 SALE ENDED
FS123 Two Tone Rabbit Flesh Strips, Fleshy Pink Fleshy Pink $2.55 SALE ENDED
FS280 Two Tone Rabbit Flesh Strips, Peachy Orange Peachy Orange $2.55 SALE ENDED
FS292 Two Tone Rabbit Flesh Strips, Pinky Shrimp Pinky Shrimp $2.55 SALE ENDED
FS329 Two Tone Rabbit Flesh Strips, Salmon Pink Orange Salmon Pink Orange $2.55 SALE ENDED
TT1 Two-Tone Rabbit Strip, Purple/Fl Fuchsia Purple/Fl Fuschia $2.55 SALE ENDED
TT2 Two-Tone Rabbit Strip, Purple/Hot Pink Purple/Hot Pink $2.55 SALE ENDED
TT3 Two-Tone Rabbit Strip, Black/Red Black/Red $2.55 SALE ENDED
TT4 Two-Tone Rabbit Strip, Black/Fl. Orange Black/Fl. Orange $2.55 SALE ENDED
TT5 Two-Tone Rabbit Strip, Black/Fl. Chartreuse Black/Fl. Chartreuse $2.55 SALE ENDED
TT6 Two-Tone Rabbit Strip, Black/Fl. Hot Pink Black/Fl. Hot Pink $2.55 SALE ENDED
TT7 Two-Tone Rabbit Strip, Black/Olive Black/Olive $2.55 SALE ENDED
TT8 Two-Tone Rabbit Strip, Hot Orange/Yellow Hot Orange/Yellow $2.55 SALE ENDED
TT9 Two-Tone Rabbit Strip, Violet/White Violet/White $2.55 SALE ENDED
TT10 Two-Tone Rabbit Strip, Blue/White Blue/White $2.55 SALE ENDED
TT11 Two-Tone Rabbit Strip, Hot Orange/Fl. Orange Hot Orange/Fl. Orange $2.55 SALE ENDED

The Rabbit Matuka

Rabbit Matuka Fly

The Matuka style of fly seems to have originated in New Zealand. It was unique because a long feather-wing was lashed to the body with a spiral wrap of oval tinsel. This strategy prevents the wing from fouling and has a unique action in the water. Rabbit strips can be used in this manner even more effectively than feathers. A common manner evolved lashing a thin strip of rabbit hide to the top of the body with oval tinsel. However, since rabbit hide is very strong, even when wet, it only needs to be attached to the hook at each end of the body, thus simplifying fly construction.  A rather long dense collar of hackle blends with the wing and further enhances the streamlined shape of the fly when it is wet. Rabbit Matukas can be used to simulate several prime game fish foods such as Sculpins, Leeches, juvenile Lampreys and a host of marine organisms such as shrimp, baitfish and squid. In the Pacific Northwest Matuka style flies have caught Black Bass, Resident Trout, Sea Runs, Steelhead and Chinooks.

One of the first Rabbit Matuka flies to gain popularity in the Pacific Northwest was the Steeltooka which might have first been tied by Brian O'Keefe. This fly is tied in both black and purple versions in sizes #2 through #6 for summer steelhead. It soon gained popularity on the Deschutes River and has been especially effective late in the season, when fished with a sinking tip line. A few astute anglers soon noticed that large mid-channel Redside trout also had a preference Steeltooka, Black
for the rabbit strip. There are days when it will out-fish anything else for trout.

Pattern: Rabbit Strip Matuka
Hook: #1.5 Alec Jackson Heavy Spey Hook
Tying Cement: Hard As Hull
Thread: 6/0 Uni
Tail and Wing: Rabbit Zonker Strip
Body: Ice Dub
Collar Hackle: Schlappen , Guinea or Mallard Flank
Head Cement: Hard As Hull

The Rabbit Strip Matuka is a type of fly that can assume many different color combinations. The combinations available are only limited by your imagination.


Pace the hook in the vice and secure your tying thread in the normal manner.

Place the hook in the vice and secure your tying thread in the normal manner. Stop the thread at a point that lines up half way between the point and the barb. Give the wraps a coat of tying cement.


Wet and part the fur on the rabbit strip so that about 1/2-inch of hide will extend behind where you attach it to the hook.

Wet and part the fur on the rabbit strip so that about 1/2-inch of hide will extend behind where you attach it to the hook. If this proves to be too long and the rear of the fly annoys you by becoming wrapped around the hook while you are fishing, you can always trim the leather with your leader clipper. We are using FS280 Peach Orange.


Secure the strip to the hook with about ten wraps of thread...

Secure the strip to the hook with about ten wraps of thread over the leather strip and then a couple of wraps in front of the leather strip.


Dub on a substantial body of Ice Dub.

Dub on a substantial body of Ice Dub. In this case we are using ICE271 Orange. Ice Dub is made from very fine strands of Mylar. It is easy to dub on a single thread or in a loop.


The dubbed body should taper at each end.

The dubbed body should taper at each end. Be sure to leave plenty of room to tie the rest of the fly.


We like to disrupt and train the dubbing fibers so that the body of the fly is surrounded by a glistening halo of fibers.

We like to disrupt and train the dubbing fibers so that the body of the fly is surrounded by a glistening halo of fibers. The Ultimate Dubbing Brush is a great tool for this job.


Pull the strip forward and hold it under tension and tie it to the hook in front of the body.

Train the hair on the rabbit strip so that the gap where the rear of the strip was attached to the fly disappears. Pull the strip forward and hold it under tension and tie it to the hook in front of the body. This task is much easier if the hair is moistened and parted where the thread wraps are supposed to go.


Comb and train the hairs on the rabbit strip until they suit you.

Trim and discard the tag end of the rabbit strip. Comb and train the hairs on the rabbit strip until they suit you. The large end of The Ultimate Dubbing Brush is perfect for this job.


Wind on a pink and an orange (or any color) schlappen...

Wind on a pink and an orange (or any color) schlappen for the collar hackle.
Different effects can be had by using different parts of the feather. We like to leave some of the base fluff on the feather for the first turn.


Fly Patterns
There you have a stylish, practical, mid-size winter steelhead fly that is easy to tie from readily available, inexpensive materials. This is a volume fly that ties quickly.
Below are the four popular patterns. Let your imagination be your guide!

The finished fly...

Pattern:
Rabbit Strip Matuka,
Sandy Candy

Hook: #1.5 Alec Jackson Heavy Spey Hook
Tying Cement:
Hard As Hull
Thread:
6/0 Uni  UNI6D 117
Tail and Wing:
Rabbit Zonker Strip FS280
Body:
Ice Dub ICE271 Orange
Collar Hackle:
Schlappen SCH187 Hot 
                           Orange & SCH188 Hot Pink
Head Cement: Hard As Hull


This is just another version of the Sandy Candy early winter steelhead fly. For size it fits between Agitators and Marabou Tube Flies.

Rabbit Strip Matuka, Yellow & Orange

Pattern:
Rabbit Strip Matuka,
Yellow  & Orange

Hook: #1.5 Alec Jackson Heavy Spey Hook
Tying Cement:
Hard As Hull
Thread:
6/0 Uni  UNI6D 117
Tail and Wing:
Rabbit Zonker Strip
Body:
Ice DubICE189 Hot Yellow
Collar Hackle:
Schlappen  SCHL 187 Hot
                           Orange
Head Cement: Hard As Hull


If steelhead like bright flies on a bright day, then they ought to love this one.

Rabbit Strip Matuka, Orange & Black

Pattern:
Rabbit Strip Matuka,
Orange & Black

Hook: #1.5 Alec Jackson Heavy Spey Hook
Tying Cement:
Hard As Hull
Thread:
6/0 Uni  UNI6D 117
Tail and Wing:
Rabbit Zonker Strip
Body:
Ice Dub ICE271 Orange
Collar Hackle:
Guinea SGF 271 Dyed Orange
Head Cement: Hard As Hull


This pattern has that black spotted orange to look like a prawn or squid. The rib is optional on all.

Rabbit Strip Matuka, Pink & Purple

Pattern:
Rabbit Strip Matuka,
Pink & Purple

Hook: #1.5 Alec Jackson Heavy Spey Hook
Tying Cement:
Hard As Hull
Thread:
6/0 Uni  UNI6D 117
Tail and Wing:
Rabbit Zonker Strip
Body:
Ice Dub ICE289 Pink
Collar Hackle:
Guinea SGF298 Dyed Purple
Head Cement: Hard As Hull


The next time you are on a river with a run of fresh silvers, you'd better have a few of these.

Prospects for the Sandy River
The Sandy River where Marmot Dam used to be...
The place was deserted. The river was low and carried the color of glacial silt. I stared off the bridge, my elbows resting on the handrail. Forty years had passed since the first time I had been to this part of the Sandy River Canyon. Then there was a wooden dam, but no bridge. Since then the wooden dam was replaced by one made from concrete and then it was removed. Now, except for a concrete sill high on the river bank and the beautiful foot bridge where I stood, all evidence of human activity had dissolved into the past. Where the dam had stood there was a beautiful pool where the river collided with bedrock. The broad shallow exit of the pool appeared to beckon for the tails of spawning fish. Even as familiar with the place as I had become, it was hard to envision that the site had ever looked different than today. The dam was gone and so too was its memory. PGE had done a great job in restoring the site back to nature. Even the giant concrete lined canals that had carried the diverted water to the generators had been filled with earth and landscaped so that in a few years when the natural vegetation took over, even the landscaping would be hard to find. Several land owners along the upper Sandy River tributaries told me that this fall there were many more spawning Chinooks than anyone could remember in recent years.

Here are a few pictures, so that you see what took place:
The dismantling of Marmot Dam started in July of 2007 and by September of that year, the spillway and fish ladder had been removed from the river. This fifty foot tall structure was the largest dam ever removed from a river in Oregon. Below are some pictures so you can compare what the river looked like before and after the dam was removed. The coffer dam was breached on October 19, 2007. The major gravel bed load shift happened in the first seven days.
You can click on each picture to get an enlarged view.

Marmot Dam prior to dismantling. Use the foot bridge arch as a reference point. The foot bridge is still in place after the dam is gone.
Marmot Dam spillway after the first blast of explosives. The exact location where Marmot Dam used to be.
Down stream about one mile from Marmot Dam. Down stream one mile from where Marmot Dam was removed very little has changed

One of the biggest worries was that the large amounts of sediments stacked up behind Marmot Dam would be released down the river and have detrimental effects on fish habitat. ODFW even captured a significant number of wild Sandy River Fall Chinooks and spawned them artificially as a hedge against a disaster form sedimentation released by the dam removal. This is the first hatchery rearing of Sandy River Fall Chinooks since 1977.  This may have been a prudent move against extinction, but completely unnecessary as most of the gravel and sand that was trapped behind the dam has only moved about a mile and a half since the dam was taken down.  So far all of the effects from removing the dam look positive. PGE has documented every step of the dam removal process. This should take a lot of the guess work out of taking down similar dams in the future. You can find many interesting facts at marmotdam.com.


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RIOMax Plus
This steelhead was landed with RioMax Plus #10
New for 2009! We tested RioMax Plus in October on the Deschutes. We had no failures. RioMax Plus is designed to compete in the salmon/steelhead arena where Maxima has reigned supreme for 30-yars. We found that RioMax Plus is as supple as Maxima Green, but much tougher. It is even more abrasion resistant than Maxima Clear, but slightly smaller in diameter for equal breaking strength. RioMax Plus is an incredibly tough, medium stiff tippet material, designed to be the most abrasion resistant nylon leader material available. It is perfect for fishing streamers for trout, and for salmon, steelhead, bass and for saltwater species such as bonefish and striped bass. A slick coating makes it very easy to tie knots.  
Straightens easily.
RioMax Plus interlocking spools with tippet tenders...
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.008"
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010"
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