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George Daniel’s Sowbug

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George Daniel’s Sowbug

This pattern featured in George Daniel’s book Dynamic Nymphing.

It looks very close to the natural and has been very productive for me on my last two trips to Montana’s Bighorn River. For a realistic pattern, it is very easy to tie.

Materials

Hook: C200bl Size 14-16

Weight: Lead Wire

Thread: 140 Denier Ultra Thread

Body/Legs: UV Micro Polar Chenille

Back: Clear Cure Goo

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Ray Charles Sow bug

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Ray Charles Sow bug Fly

The Ray Charles pattern is a Bighorn River staple. It catches fish everyday of the year on the Bighorn. It works on many other tailwaters. It works to imitate small scuds as well as sowbugs.

Tie this in tan, pink, gray, or white.

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Hans’ Sowbug (Sow Bug Fly Pattern)

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Hans’ Sowbug

Hans’ Sowbug is an alternative to some of the more common sow bug fly patterns. This pattern has worked quite well on the Bighorn River. The Ray Charles pattern works great, but it is nice to have a slightly different fly to try if the fish get picky.

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Tying the Firebead Sowbug

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This is a pattern that some crafty fly tier on the Bighorn River? came up with. It works like hotcakes in the spring, especially on tailwaters like the Bighorn. Tie it with a pink, tan, or gray body. Wapsi Sow-Scud Dubbing is the preferred dubbing. Ice dubbing would also make a great version of this fly- try UV Tan, UV Gray, or UV Shrimp Pink.

Firebead Softhackle Sowbug

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