Published Jul 28. 2017 - 6 years ago
Updated or edited Jul 29. 2017


Sculpin are a very popular food source for trout, specifically steelhead and large brown trout. Basically any trout that has become predatory seeking out baitfish for food. They also work very effectively for smallmouth bass in rivers where there are sculpin. A very popular fly called the "sculpzilla" is one of the most effective streamer flies for big trout on large river systems where casting to shore and quick retrieves are key. Usually these are either swung in the current, dead drifted so it bounces off rocks and debris on the bottom, or quick retrieves to gain a reaction strike. I took some of the techniques of tying the sculpzilla, and added a little extra to make a fly I am going to call the Sculpenstein. Its sort of a sculpin, sorta a "thing" kinda like Frankenstein. This fly is awesome, and has lots of movement. It also rides hook point up which was something very important for me. The fish scull heads really do keep the fly from turning over, and being hook point up means it will be almost snag free.

Hook: Gamakatsu B10s - Size 2
Thread: UTC Ultra Thread 140 - Dark Olive
Tail: Magnum Rabbit Zonker - Olive
Flash: Gold Crystal Flash & Black Holographic Flashabou
Gill: Polar Chanille - Red
Collar: Blood Quill Marabou Feather - Olive
Weight: Fish Scull Head - Small/Medium in Brown


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