Thursday, January 13, 2000

Silli Butt

Originator: Ubitiquous

Version by: Catch Cormier

Species: panfish


This is a fly size version of a popular crappie tube jig. It uses silicone skirt material for the tail. Also known under brand names such as silli-legs, loco-legs, etc., the material most imitates the plastic of tube jigs.

Tube jigs have long been a popular lure for crappie anglers. Often when crappie strike, they attempt to injure the baitfish before eating it. When they strike and feel a pliable material that has "feel" to it, they'll strike again. If not, often they leave it alone. This observation comes from many hours of watching crappie in clear water under lights.

The Silli Butt gets it's name in part from from the "Fluff Butt" lineage of jig-like flies popularized by Mark Hester in the 1980s, along with the replacement of marabou with silli-legs thus "Silli". Like the Fluff Butts, the body material can vary.  However, the best "luck" has come from using Ice Dub Chenille or medium Ice Chenille.  These materials work especially well on bright days.

As with the Fluff Butt, a beadhead can be used in place of the preformed jig head. This is a suggested option for anyone seeking a Louisiana state fly rod listing.  Fish caught on the jighead version cannot qualify.

Jig Hook (lead): 1/80 or 1/64 ounce
* update: the new competition jig hooks as an alternative
Standard hooks:  Mustad 9672 sizes 8 thru 12, or equivalent
Beadhead: tungsten size 5/32
Tail:  Sillicon skirt or Silli-Legs
Body:  Ice dub chenille, or medium cactus chenille


1. If using a beadhead, slide the bead up the hook to the eye.
2. Start a thread wrap. Make the thread body rough by wrapping back and forth in a few wide wraps.
3. Tie in a section of skirt tail, about 8 to 10 strands. DO NOT TRIM YET. Also note that the tail will flare if you wrap thread very tightly. If you do not wish it to flare, tie well secured but NOT tight. Then apply a drop of super glue to secure.
4. Tie in a small section of the body material (chenille, etc.) and secure back to just above the barb of the hook. Then take the chenille and wrap around the hook forward to just behind the head (or bead). Tie off the body material and trim material off. Finish with a whip finish or other knot.