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Rainbow Sow Bug Fly Tying Video

Build a Better Sow Bug

In this video there are tips on tying a quick, durable sow bug fly pattern that imitates one of trout’s favorite foods. Learn how to tie a sow bug that will get down quickly, and stick fish after fish.

The craziest thing about sow bugs is if you can find one, you’ll find a million! There are a few rivers that I fish that are chucked full of these little pill bug look alikes. Trout always seem to grow big and fat when their diet consists of sow bugs.

Sow Bug - Fly Fishing Entomology

A few years ago on a very memorable spring morning I found myself with two of my good fishing friends Brad and Phil. We were fishing one of our favorite River here in Utah which is know for its thick sow bug population as well as a healthy population of brown trout with some nice Bonneville cutthroat scattered throughout. We hadn’t been fishing long when we came upon a beautiful pocket that was bound to hold fish. Phil began by pulling out a nice brown, but with a good portion of the hole left to fish he stood aside and let me take a cast. Now that’s a good friend! Moments later I pulled out a snakey 19″ brown that despite being skinny put up a good fight. The hole was producing well! Phil then hopped back in  and pulled out another decent brown, and once again was kind enough to stand aside and let me take another stab at it. The very next cast I found myself hooked up on the nicest river cutthroat I have ever caught. A beautiful 22″ cuttie with shoulders came zipping out of the hole and tried to head down stream. Moments later, and just like the 19″ brown I had caught only a few cast before, I saw that it was my size 14 Rainbow Sow Bug that was tucked tight in the corner pocket of the fish’s jaw.

Sow Bug Caught Brown Trout
Utah Fly Fishing Cutthroat Trout

I highly recommend you give this fly pattern a shot. I’m overly confident in it’s ability to catch fish, and as a bonus its a quick tie that won’t fall apart on you. Tie some up!

 
Recipe:
Hook: Any scud hook (Tiemco 2488, Daiichi 1150, Dai-Riki 135)
Thread: 70 Denier Fl. Pink UTC
Rib: Small gold wire
Blood Line: Black Flashabou
Dubbing: Rainbow Sow-Scud
 
Preferred Sizes: 14-18

Two-toned Surveyor

The famous Hare’s Ear pattern has been around forever.  Lots of people have fished with it and caught fish on it.  As any fly tyer knows, it’s entertaining to try new materials, different colors of dubbing, or anything new that comes into the market.  The Two-toned Surveyor came about after we had heard about the surveyor nymph, which is tied with a light color of rainbow dubbing for the abdomen and thorax.  We fished with it, and had some good luck with it.  After having found a darker shade of rainbow dubbing, we tried it out and tied this varition.  In my opinion, it has been more effective than the surveyor, and has been very effective on the lower Provo River this spring.  It has become a must in any fly box.  Tie some of these up in different sizes and give them a try on your favorite trout steam.

Recipe:
Hook: Scud hook in sizes 10-18
Bead: Silver, size to match your hook size
Tail: Pheasant tail fibers
Abdomen: Light rainbow sow bug dubbing
Thorax: Dark rainbow sow bug dubbing
Wing Case: Med. size pearl mylar, thinskin
Rib: Silver BR wire

Successful Flies

Along with our fly tying videos and tutorials, check out our successful flies page.  On this page, we share pictures of fish we have caught on particular fly patterns. When you have success and catch fish on these same patterns, send a picture our way at flytying123@gmail.com.

We would love to hear how you do on them.  We have started with two of our favorite patterns that are sure to catch fish. Check out the Rainbow Sow Bug and Rowley Stone, along with our other tutorials, tie some up, and go have fun catching fish!

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