Jump to content
Fly Tying
Sign in to follow this  
hexfli

Conrad's Sculpin

Recommended Posts

Hey Gang!

Thought you might get a kick out of this fly I posted to the Coldwater Forum. It's a trout fly here in Michigan but I plan on using it for Bass, Pike, and Musky this coming year.

 

Enjoy!

 

user posted image

 

Conrad's Sculpin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest

Ditto ! Do we have a bigger, detailed pic of that bad boy ?

 

Is it articulated ? Looks killer, trout fly hu ? Dayuum !

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey Gang!

Thought you might get a kick out of this fly I posted to the Coldwater Forum. It's a trout fly here in Michigan but I plan on using it for Bass, Pike, and Musky this coming year.

 

Enjoy!

 

<img src='http://www.flytyingforum.com/uploads/thumb_gallery42364a1f6e15d.jpg' border='0' alt='user posted image' />

 

Conrad's Sculpin

 

Hello:

Thanks for posting the Conrad Sculpin. I designed the fly to imitate the sculpins that I inevitably spooked out of the shallows on the Au Sable (MI) with my careless wading. It is an articulated fly that is intended to imitate a fleeing sculpin when stripped and jerked violently (the "jerk-strip" retrieve) and a dying sculpin when twitched slowly and allowed to sink.

 

The original fly pattern, which uses a deerhair head rather than wool, is listed below:

 

Rear hook - Mustad 3366 size 6

 

1) Tie in a large bump of any dubbing near the rear of the hook shank. This bump will splay the tail feathers out.

2) Cut 1-2 large schlappen feathers into "V’s" with the stems 1/2" to 3/4" long. Stack the "Vs" together to make one side of the tail.

3) Tie the stack of "Vs" in front of the dubbing bump, facing back past the rear of the hook shank.

4) Repeat steps 2 and 3 to create the other side of the tail.

5) Tie in marabou near the eye of the hook extending back into the middle of the tail feathers. (not covering or past the tail feathers)

6) Whip finish the tail fly and set it aside.

 

Front hook - Mustad 3366 size 2

 

1) Tie in heavy lead eyes directly behind the hook eye.

2) Run the thread back to the hook bend and tie in 6" of hard mono (30-40lb test). Before tying in the mono, score 1.5-2 inches of it by smashing it with pliers. This makes it more pliable and allows the thread to grip in the plier marks.

3) Wrap the mono forward around the lead eyes, back onto the hook shank and tie down leaving 4+ inches of mono extending beyond the hook shank.

4) Slip 6-8 glass beads (size E) onto the mono.

5) Slip the tail fly onto the mono behind the beads.

6) Run the mono back thru the beads.

7) Score the end of the mono with pliers. Tie the mono down to the hook shank, around the lead eyes (again) and tie down to the hook shank. This keeps the mono from pulling out when a big fish takes the rear hook.

8) Tie in 4-6 pieces of flashabou extending back into the tail fly.

9) Tie in marabou extending back over the beads and into the tail fly

10) Tie in clumps of deerhair and spin (or stack) to fill in hook shank up to the lead eyes. However, do not pack the deerhair tightly. The combination of lead eyes and the loosely tied deerhair head should make the front of the fly just slightly heavier than neutral density. This is not a bass bug. The deerhair is there to make a head to push water and to create a sculpin shaped silhouette. It is not there to create a lot of flotation.

11) Trim the deerhair flat on the bottom of the fly and rounded on the top. The head of the fly should be wide to imitate the silhouette of a sculpin.

12) Tie off the head in front of the lead eyes and finish by putting drops of krazy glue on the thread and down into the thread holding the lead eyes on.

 

You can size this fly up or down. Just remember the ratio of the size of hooks. If you want a smaller fly use a size 4 front hook and a size 8 rear hook.

 

The fly is best fished on a heavy sinktip, although occasionally can be fished on a floating line.

 

Another nice variation is to leave the lead eyes off. Killer in low water or when bass are crashing the surface.

 

My favorite colors are black, white, olive, olive/tan and black/chartreuse.

 

Enjoy. Jeff Conrad

post-41797-0-13045800-1329241859_thumb.jpg

post-41797-0-78743400-1329241868_thumb.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...