Thanks for the replies, guys. This may be an excuse to invest in a sinking line.
what's your pattern look like? I've been workign mine with a wool head, dubbed body, copper rib, olive marabou tail and pec fins made of a couple small hen saddle hackles. I also tie in a mallard flank on top tied flat.
My pattern is much simpler, as I am relatively inexperienced as a tier and I wanted to get something fishable I could make up quickly with materials at hand. I may expand my horizons along the lines of your pattern if I get a chance.
Here it is: Lead dumbbell eyes at the front and lead wire wrap.
For feathers I used two small mottled olive and black feather from a cabelas grab bag tied at the rear of the hook. (They are a relatively short, broad feather rather than long like a saddle hackle feather or mallard flank).
I added a couple more slightly larger ones just in front in front to make the body taper down. I stripped 2-3 more feathers of the aftshaft fuzz and created a thick mottled dubbing for the rest of the hookshaft and used the feathers themselves for a bushy hackle done palmer style.
It looks closer to a woolly bugger than anything, but using body feathers instead of marabou.
Your pattern has given me a few ideas to improve it: it might be time to start learning to use deer hair and make a head. That would significantly improve the design. Also, to incorporate the mallard flank might help with the profile, as mine tends to be a little too boxy as I compare it to sculpin pictures. A couple of those feathers I was using for the body would make great pectoral fins as well.