The Sow Bug is a flat aquatic that resembles a "Rollie Pollie. It is an excellent pattern to use in our spring fed creek and rivers. It is especially effective in tailwaters. Typical colors are olive, tan and grey. Be sure that your Sow Bug has that flat body silhouette.
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|Hook:||Scud hook, Size 12-20|
|Thread:||Color of Sow Bug|
|Carpace:||Clear Plastic Scud Back or Fly Specks Clear Thin Skin|
|Tail:||Monofilament sized to the hook|
|Body:||Sow Bug/Scud Dubbing - Olive, Tan or Gray|
|Lead Wire:||0.015 - 0.030 depending upon the size of the hook.|
- Mount the hook and make several turns of lead wire down the shank (The size of lead wire should be determined by the size of the hook. Remember that the lead wire will be expand when squeezed flat, so don't over use the lead wire.).
- Start the thread one eye length behind the eye in front of the lead wire. Secure the lead wire in place by wrapping thread over and behind the it. Make a number of wraps so that the lead wire is secured. (A coat of super glue often helps secure the lead wire.) The thread should be stopped at the end of the hook shank.
- Tying in the tail of monofilament to form a "V". (The size of the monofilament is determined by the size of the hook.)
- Attach a six inch length of 5X monofilamnt at the bend of the hook to be used as the ribbing.
- At this point, the lead wire can be squeezed flat or you can wait until the carapace and body is dubbed.
- With the thread hanging at the front of the lead wire, tie on the carapace so that the long end is towards the bend. Trim off the carapace flush with the front of the lead wire.
- Starting at the end of the shank, dub the body towards the eye. A tapered body is not necessary as the Sow Bug has a flat silhouette.
- If you choose to not flatten the lead wire in the above step, now is the time to flatten it.
- With the thread behind the eye, bring the carapace over the body and tie off. Do not clip the carapace at this time.
- Bring the 5x monofilament forward to form the ribs of the Sow Bug. Tie off the monofilament and clip it. Also, at this time clip off the carapace.
- Form the head, whip finish and apply a coat of head cement.
- Use a velcro strip, wire brush or some kind of tool to pull the dubbing fibers out on both sides of the hook. The fibers sticking out on both sides of the fly with give the illusion of the many legs of a Sow Bugs.
- Trim the underside of the fly with scissors. This will give the appearance of a flat body.
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Saint Louis, Missouri 63144
Phone - 314.968.4223
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