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Old 11-29-2004, 08:42 AM
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i've been playing with sculpin like patterns while in new york. i like simple patterns because i just am not that into tying. i think the flies i fish have the profile and movement to mimic a sculpin (at least close enough). they seem to work, and the fish seem to really eat them.

i tie them on a plastic tube (freshwater ones... thinner diameter). weighted with the visible cone and 5-6 wraps of .30 lead beneath the palmered straight cut rabbit. the rabbit colors i have had the best luck with are olive grizzly (shown) and plain grizzly.

the dubbing is just white lite-brite mixed with silver angel-hair. the collar is grizzly hen hackle.

i like the emulator fly, but don't have all the materials... i'm planning on playing with some different materials to speed things up and save me trips to the fly shop for materials.

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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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funny

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?
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Old 12-11-2004, 06:19 PM
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twohand,
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.

http://www.mountaincable.net/~pcharles/clouser-1.jpg

http://www.mountaincable.net/~pcharles/clouser-2.jpg


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).


http://www.mountaincable.net/~pcharles/clouser-3.jpg

http://www.mountaincable.net/~pcharles/clouser-4.jpg

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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Peter,

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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Old 12-12-2004, 08:58 PM
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Bigger? Uglier? Don't know if I could stomach that. These are pretty big & bad already.

Got plans for the next variant but I need to get some extra materials. I'm trying to get not only the profile right, but also the wobbly swimming style of the sculpin. Figure that this back & forth wobble should set off some good lateral line vibes.
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Old 12-13-2004, 07:03 PM
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head turner

The fly of mine that topwater posted isn't exactly a sculpin, it's kind of a cross between a sculpin and a giant esl. We have started calling it the "head turner" and it has been an awsome fly for us the last couple of years. I'll see if I can round up some sculpins and get pic posted. BTW the picture is actual size approx. 4-5 in.
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Hey Gillie What about a Double Bunny Sculpin?
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hey peter those flies look like they are half bonefish half steelhead nice tie non the less
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Here's the one that I managed to tie up and wait to use once i get back to the states.
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opps here it is
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Here are my two favorite sculpin patterns:

a wool head maktuka using a hen ringneck saddle
& an olive deerhair zonker

both flies have a light cahill dubbed body and rooster ringneck fins
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