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Sculpin are a very popular food source for trout, specifically steelhead and large brown trout. Basically any trout that has become predatory seeking out baitfish for food. They also work very effectively for smallmouth bass in rivers where there are sculpin. A very popular fly called the "sculpzilla" is one of the most effective streamer flies for big trout on large river systems where casting to shore and quick retrieves are key. Usually these are either swung in the current, dead drifted so it bounces off rocks and debris on the bottom, or quick retrieves to gain a reaction strike. I took some of the techniques of tying the sculpzilla, and added a little extra to make a fly I am going to call the Sculpenstein. Its sort of a sculpin, sorta a "thing" kinda like Frankenstein. This fly is awesome, and has lots of movement. It also rides hook point up which was something very important for me. The fish scull heads really do keep the fly from turning over, and being hook point up means it will be almost snag free. Hook: Gamakatsu B10s - Size 2 Thread: UTC Ultra Thread 140 - Dark Olive Tail: Magnum Rabbit Zonker - Olive Flash: Gold Crystal Flash & Black Holographic Flashabou Gill: Polar Chanille - Red Collar: Blood Quill Marabou Feather - Olive Weight: Fish Scull Head - Small/Medium in Brown
This fly is made to mimic a sculpin. Sculpins are a common food source for large trout and other large predatory fish in lakes and rivers. These fish have fat heads and drastically tapered bodies with very small tails. They tend to stay close to the bottom, which is why this fly has lots of weight to keep it down. Also, I made this fly to sit hook point up, which will help keep it from snagging on the bottom. Hook: Gamakatsu SS15 - size 1/0 Thread: Danville's 210 waxed - Bright orange Fins: Partridge tail feather Body Wrap: Cactus chenille - Orange Body Material: Magnum Rabbit Zonker Strip - Orange or tan Back Material: Bull Frog Dubbin - Amber --- Mixed with Starburst Dubbing - Light orange Eyes: 3D eyes - 4mm - Gold Head Cement: Hard as hull Eye Adhesive: Fletch tite Weight: Lead wire - 0.015 size -- Cone head: 6mm
Heavy-handed Tactics Hook - Daiichi Alec Jackson Heavy Wire Spey Hook/Model 2061/Size 8 Thread - 8/0 UNI-Thread (Red) Front Hackle - Soft Schlappen Hackle (Furnace) - Tyed in facing out over the eye of the hook Body Hackle - Indian Hen Hackle (Furnace) - Stripped on one side and tyed in over the eye of the hook Front Body (Thorax) - Chopped Wool Yarn Dubbing (Red) Rear Body (Abdomen) - Pheasant Tail Fibers (Natural) - The butt ends are wrapped from the middle to the rear, then counter wrapped with the tying thread to reinforce the herl. Head - Tying thread whip finish, coated with clear nail polish The name of this fly comes from the heavy hackle collar at the head of the fly. This was an intentional design choice. I wanted to have a pronounced hackle collar at the front of the fly, similar to the head of a muddler minnow, yet somewhat softer. I wanted the profile of the fly to have some bulk, to make it resemble a small sculpin. I have not fished this pattern yet, so I cannot comment on it's effectiveness. The construction of this fly is identical to the flymphs I posted earlier in the year, just on a larger scale. It is hard to see in the photos (poor lighting), but the red front body becomes visible when the hackle moves around. It is intended to present a gimps of red, to imitate the opening and closing of gills. Impressionistic minnow imitation.