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Old 02-05-2011, 02:37 AM
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Default Looking for good Sow Bug patterns

Hey all. I'm doing a lot of tailwater fishing this time of year here in Colorado and am curious to see what kind of sow bugs are being tied out there. I've been impressed with some of the glass back patterns as well as those tied with biot antennae. I'd love to see what everyone is tying up so I can come up with a solid pattern to start tying myself. Thanks!
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You might try a Ray Charles-- super simple and effective:
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I tie some scuds (sows) up like a Bottom Roller in olive with a dark green head, or tan with a dark brown head, and sometimes in pink or orange with a dark red (maroon) head (october caddis) usually segmenting in 6 or 7 sections and the front two being the darker color. These work pretty good for me below the riffles. to change it up I will also occasionally add a hares mask tail.

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+1 with peregrines on the Ray Charles. It's a quick easy tie that is just as easily tied small.
The above said there is a Sow Bug out of one of my books that is also super easy: mono rib; sandwich bag shellback; grey (scud or buggy) dubbing picked out for legs. That's it. Talk about a bang for the buck.

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Old 02-07-2011, 01:58 AM
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Anybody know where I can find a good shellback material? I've seen a pearl "glassback" pattern tied at a fly shop in Estes Park, CO that would be perfect. Thanks!
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Steve Korbay does his with this scud back material. It kicks it up a notch.
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I often use plastic from a sandwich bag for the covering.
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Have you tried Trout Crack? I hear it is a good one.

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Old 02-07-2011, 01:34 PM
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Default Re: Looking for good Sow Bug patterns

@Jimmie - Nice find! That is exactly the stuff being used to tie the pattern I found at the fly shop in Estes Park, CO.

@kelkay - I like the Ugly Scud Bug and Blood Spot Scud. I'm developing a preference for tweaking my flies just a little and these patterns have those tweaks like the "blood spot." My theory is that tying a good pattern very close to the natural in size and shape helps the trout identify it as the food source they're keyed on but having a tweak helps the fly stand out from the thousands of naturals drifting by.

Thanks guys!

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Have you tried Trout Crack? I hear it is a good one.
I have not. Not very leggy for a sow/scud pattern. Seems like a killer midge pattern.
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Anybody know where I can find a good shellback material? I've seen a pearl "glassback" pattern tied at a fly shop in Estes Park, CO that would be perfect. Thanks!
I've been looking for a material called Mirage Fringe; haven't been able to find it anywhere. I was running some errands this morning and stopped at a local craft store to see what they might have. I found some material called Gift Shred that is just about a perfect match. The one I grabbed is a pearl color mylar, 1/8 inch wide and looks just like the Mirage Fringe. The best thing was the price; a 2 ounce bag which was about the size of a gallon zip-loc, set me back a whopping $1.99 + tax.

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Default Re: Looking for good Sow Bug patterns

I fished the Big Horn River in Montana last year for the first time, and this sow pattern was the one that stole the show:

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