Thread: Olive 3/0 unithread
Hook: 2 3xl streamer
Body: Dubbing loop spun rabbit
Weight: Non lead wire wrapped as an underbody
Fins: Olive barred hen hackle feathers
Head: Spun and clipped olive wool
Sometimes I will invert the hook and and weight the fly accordingly; especially in the larger sizes. It is a simple looking fly, but has the right profile and movement. I have caught some of my largest trout on this pattern in various color schemes.
Derek, this is one of my favorite styles for sculpin imitations. Yours is tied very nicely and is in one of my two favorite colors. You mentioned various color schemes and I'm curious to know what has worked for you. My other favorite is a barred ginger color with a light brown and pale yellow mixed wool head.
Yes Bill I do add eyes, but usually only to add weight. I will invert the hoot and use heavy dumbell eyes. I used to glue eyes on, until I started experimenting with and without. And, at least for me, the hookup ratio was just as good without eyes (at least on the darker versions).
I generally try and match the color of the fly to the bottom of the river.
As far as color scheme, my favorite colors are olive, brown with olive, dark barred ginger with cinnomon brown, and dark chocolate. I do sometimes tie one with little flecks of white or light tan mixed in as thin stripes as well. That color combo works well if fished real erratically with intermitent dead drifts (so it appears injured/just been attacked).
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