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Old 11-24-2004, 04:33 AM
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sculpin patterns

Hey I was wondering if anybody here has any good sculpin patterns. Something easy to tie, yet still big and fish fooling. I would like em from #2 to #10 those are mainly what I 'd be tying. Right now I make mine like this.

Tail & back rabbit strip; Grey Olive brown

Body is two pieces of lead wire .035 on top and bottom of hook shank, then covered with gold metal tinsel

Fins behind the head they are hen pheasant neck feathers( but they don't seem to be stiff enough)

Head Brown Sculpin wool Wrapped in a dubbing loop. Now if you guys have a better way than that please tell me

And all other suggestions and photos would be awesome.


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Old 11-24-2004, 07:58 AM
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I tie mine simaliar

I tie mine with the rabbit tail, and then a body of light flashy dubbibng, olive or cream, 2 olive saddles on the back, then a dahlberg diver style deer hair head. The collar of deer hair creates the side fins and they don't flair back, and the saddle hackles, tied tent style on the back create the slimmer profile. It probably takes a few extra moments to tie, but I've caught 3 species of trout, steelhead, smallmouth, largemouth, pike pickeral and a walleye on it. I tie it in a #2 for steelhead and as small as an 8 for trout. I also make the "olive's", brown and do well.

Hope this helps,
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Old 11-24-2004, 08:05 AM
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Grab a copy of Spring 2004 Fish and Fly, one of the Muskegon river guides has an article in there with some of his patterns.

Trust me he nails a ton of fish on them.
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Old 11-24-2004, 09:39 AM
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That issue of Fish and Fly is written by Kevin Feenstra. He also did an article back in 2002 where he profiled his Emulator (a sculpin pattern). I have fished this pattern, and modified versions of it, with a lot of success. Another great pattern that came out of Michigan is the Zoo Cougar. This is a very good streamer / sculpin pattern for the great lakes. Schmidts rabbit muddler and Maddonna are also very effective.

Although I love wets and speys, streamers and sculpind swung on a sink tip is a great way to more traditionally fish the great lakes with a higher rate of success.

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Old 11-24-2004, 09:49 AM
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Good thread . . .

Don't use many sculpin patterns as I've been looking for a good clouser style sculpin that can really get down among the rocks. Tried inventing a couple but didn't like the looks. I've been thinking of a popscile style clouser in sculpin colours.
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Old 11-24-2004, 10:39 AM
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They call them big uglies on the Mo', trust me that is no exaggeration.
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Old 11-24-2004, 10:44 AM
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I have been using the feenstra Sklupin Emulators for a few years now and have done well with them. here is the recipe I am using and a pict.

Hook CS15 Carrie Stevens 10x Long Streamer Hook. size 2
Thread 3/0 brown
Head Opposim
Collar natural wood duck flank feather
hackle Olive Schlapen
body Golden emu
Tail Olive barred marrabou

1 Start with a very secure thread base.

2 Wrap threadbase back to the hook bend. Tie in the marabou feather so it is about the length of the hook shank.

3 Tie in the hackle feather by the tip here, followed by the 2pieces of emu.

4 Wrap the emu forward and tie off. Then palmer the hackle forward and tie off and trim.

5 Cut a clump of opposim or rams wool and tie it in so that the tips sweep back over the body a bit. Take a couple of wraps through the flared butts to lock the hair in place.

6 Complete the fly by trimming to shape with a razor blade or sharp scissors.

Original Pattern by keven Feenstra
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Old 12-13-2004, 09:42 PM
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Hey Gillie What about a Double Bunny Sculpin?
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Old 11-29-2004, 09:39 AM
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Here's my original steelhead sculpin pattern:

Click image for recipe; also works well in natural, purple, olive, etc.

This fly has done the deed for many years and is adopted by many friends, thus it has earned it's place in the box for sure.
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Old 12-11-2004, 02:52 PM
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Topwater, That sculpin looks a lot like a sculpin that someone may have givin you on the Catt. BTw did you have any success after we talked?
Nothing like a cool morning,and a 3/0 hook in your head!
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Old 12-11-2004, 06:19 PM
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now that you mention it, it does. i had forgotten about the fly you had given me that day. hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip. for the life of me, i cannot remember how i did the rest of that day. i remember being pleased getting that one fish in the run we shared... due to the number of people on the river.

btw, your sculpin pattern is classes above my simple rabbit thing. in fact, i think others should see it.

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Old 12-12-2004, 11:14 AM
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This thread has made me get off the couch and tie up some attempts at a clouser sculpin. Our sculpins tend to be tan and brown so this pattern tries to mimic their blotchiness. I don't have any sculpin wool so the head was dubbed out of hare's ear and geinger SLF -- pretty crappy but it will do for now. The fins don't really work that well so I'll have to search for some better grizzly and tan saddle hackle. The next one will have tan and grizzly chickabou palmered over the body to fill that out.

and here's the second one sans marabou tail and with palmered tan & grizzly chickabou plus a better head made out of yarn (need a better colour though).

Improved the fins by using two crappy saddle hackles then tying them with figure-8s to clump them to the sides.

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Old 12-12-2004, 07:34 PM
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nice ties, make em bigger and uglier . Kevin F. calls them biggg uglies for a reason.

they really move fish, for grins tie up some zoo cougars. those babies work also, real pain to cast but they move big michigan fish.
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