Many of you know I love fishing Sculpin Patterns. I have been playing around with a new series of Sculpin flies by Rich Strolis. The Headbanger series consists of 3 flies the Headbanger; a 5" articulated beast, the Roadie; a more subtle 3" version, and the Groupie; a 1.5" micro version of this great fly. I have a few of them floating around the shop and everybody that looks at them always seem intrigued. I have landed a ton of Smallmouth on this fly and have recently been fishing the micro version on some trout rivers having success on both stocked and wild fish. I am not real big on step-by-step posts, but several people have asked so here you go. Thanks to all that have admired the flies I have tied, it is truly a humbling experience for me, and a big thanks to Rich for coming up with a great series of flies.
This next series of pictures show how the pectoral fins are tied in. Here I used Senyo's laser yarn in Sculpin Olive. Tease a small clump out and tie it in, in the middle on side of the shank. Repeat this on the other side. Once both sides are tied in fold the front half back and tie down. At this point you can trim them to length if necessary.
These next pictures show the Sculpin Helmet after it has been installed. Zap-A-Gap works great here. Just be sure to test fit before you put glue on the fly. A drop on the top and bottom of the fly will do it.
There you have it. A simple yet VERY effective tie. I like the olive color, but rusty brown looks great and fishes great as well. Read about the rusty brown pattern here. Stop by and pick up the materials to tie up a few of these. I will bet you have most of them at home already. Swim these babies in and around rocks and ledges on your favorite trout river this fall, you will be glad you did!
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