The Hillbilly Deluxe | Tying With The Pros - E4

Episode 4 - The Hillbilly Deluxe, Tied by John Cooper

On this episode, Musky fly fishing guru John Cooper does a deep dive on how to tie the Hillbilly Deluxe, an articulated jig fly & evolution of the River Pig. Watch the first ever tutorial on a pattern/platform that has quickly become one of our favorites for catching Musky on the Fly!


Front Hook - 5/0 Gamakatsu 60 Degree Jig Hook

Shank - 28mm to 40mm Big Game Shank

Bleeding Articulation Wire

Rear Hook (optional)- Gamakatsu 4/0 B10S Stinger

Thread - Danville Flymaster+ (210 Denier), Veevus Power Thread, etc.

Bucktail - Musky Town TailsHareline Graded Tails, or Midwest Bucktails

Feathers - Whiting 6 to 10" Schlappen, Strung SchlappenSaddles, etc.

Flash - Polarflash, Lateral Scale, Holographic Flashabou, Barred Flashabou, etc.

Adhesive/UV - Hard As Hull, Loon UV Thin, Solarez, Loon Infiniti Light, etc.

Additional Tools - Protojawn 

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