Ron McKusick - Sculpin Patterns Feature
By Doug Saball
Cone Head Sculpin, Cone Head Wooly Bugger Sculpin, Near 'Nuff Dumbbell Sculpin, Dumbbell Wooly Bugger Sculpin
Originated and Submitted By Ron McKusick
[Cone Head Sculpin]
[Cone Head Wooly Bugger Sculpin]
[Near 'Nuff Dumbbell Sculpin]
[Dumbbell Wooly Bugger Sculpin]
Doug Saball is doing a sculpin feature on the streamer list. So I
thought we should tie a few. The nice thing about being a fly tyer is
that if you don't like what is available, you can make up your own
styles. So this is what I have done.
Cone Head Sculpin
Ron's Tying Instructions
- Take a hook and squeeze the barb down. Then take a cone head and put
the hook point through the small whole. Slide it to the eye of the hook
and put the hook in the vice.
- Start the thread behind the cone head and dub some red fur behind the
cone head. Then run the thread to the hook bend and back to the eye,
then back to the middle of the hook. Run a bead of thick cement along
the thread windings.
- Pick 2 brown grizzly marabou plumes and size them to the hook. They
should be as long as the hook shank. Take one and place it on the far
side of the hook, you will tie down the thick quill end to the hook
shank. Do the same to the near side of the hook. You now have 2 brown
grizzly maraboy as a tail. Cement the wings with a thin coat of thick
- Pick 2 more grizzly marabou and the tips of these should extend half
the length of the first. Repeat step 3 with this shorter marabou.
- Pick a long brown grizzly body hackle or a wide webby brown grizzly
saddle or neck hackle and tie this in by it's tip.
- Run the thread to the cone head and tie in a 6-inch length of brown
chenille, run the thread over the chenille down to the tail and then back
to the cone head. Cement the wings.
- Wind the chenille close together to the red gills and tie off.
- Wind the brown grizzly hackle to the red gills and tie off.
- Choose two round tipped body hackles, these will be the pectoral
fins. These should be ½ the length of the body and kind of slanted down.
- If you are not satisfied with the amount of red dubbing that
represents the gills, now is the time to add more. Whip finish the
thread and cut it off.
- Put a coat of thick cement over the eye and cone head allowing it to
seep into the red gills. Make sure that the eye of the hook is clear of
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