First Sculpin

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Thomas Williams, Jun 17, 2013.

  1. Thomas Williams

    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

    Stopped by Puget Sound Fly Co today to pick up supplies. Wanted to tie up some sculpins to throw on my spey rod for trout. This is the first baitfish I have ever tied. I am very pleased with the results. I think the hardest part is palmering the head and getting a good shape. Any advice? Improvements? Here it is.....

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  2. Jeff Dodd

    Jeff Dodd Active Member

    Looks good!

    I need to spend time selecting and learning a sculpin pattern other than Muddler. This will be for the salt in my case.

    I have heard of a pattern called Rusty Sculpin that a friend picked up at Puget Sound fly I think. I am interested in seeing what it looks like.

    Is the fly above a copy of a pattern you purchased? If so, what is the name?

    Thanks Thomas
  3. Thomas Williams

    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

    Jeff, This is my own creation I just picked out the colors that I thought would be effective and ran with it. I had to do some research on palmering and putting rabbit into dubbing loops but other than that just a bit of brainstorming at the vice and bam...sculpin. I don't have a name for him but maybe I should come up with one.

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  4. cabezon

    cabezon Sculpin Enterprises

    Hi Thomas,
    Nice tie. I would have one suggestion. Sculpins, in my experience, are not two-toned. I saw one yesterday sitting underwater on a rock shelf on the Cowlitz that was a shade more orange than the brown head on your fly. In other lakes and rivers, they can be more black/gray or even olive. But generally, the head and the body are not contrasting colors. That isn't to say that your pattern won't catch fish; it probably will.
  5. Big E

    Big E Moderator Staff Member

    Looks good for a baitfish. Might want to try tying in a couple feathers or something right behind the eyes to give it a wider profile of a sculpin.

    Get it wet and see how it looks then.
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  6. Thomas Williams

    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

    Steve, I know that sculpins aren't two toned. The colors are more of just an attraction. I will tie some more realistic patterns as well. What species feather would you recommend Eric? I considered it. I thought about using a grizz hackle for a long tail as well.
  7. Big E

    Big E Moderator Staff Member

    Perhaps pheasant saddle feathers.

    For a long skinny tail you could also tie in a rabbit strip matuka style. If you do this, you'll want to put in a mono loop off the back underneath so that it prevents some fouling.
  8. Thomas Williams

    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

    A small horizontal mono loop?
  9. Big E

    Big E Moderator Staff Member

    Yep...strong 35 lb. Long enough to prop the rabbit strip, like 1/3 the length. could invert the hook and punch it through the hide. Tie it so it rides inverted.
  10. Thomas Williams

    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

    Here's a variation. Kinda took the butt monkey pattern and used it as a general guideline. Don't have any mono like that so I kept the tail short. Thoughts?

  11. McNasty

    McNasty Canyon Lurker

    dude those are nice!