Fly Tying: Bloody Sowbug Pattern

Another healthy brown trout taken on the Bloody Sow Bug pattern.  This guy was sitting deep under the log behind my right shoulder and was a handful to keep out of the sticks.

Another healthy brown trout taken on the Bloody Sow Bug pattern. This guy was sitting deep under the log behind my right shoulder and was a handful to keep out of the sticks.

The Bloody Sowbug Pattern is a nymph pattern that has come to be a pattern I love. For years I fished tailwaters, and everyone around me seemed to be successful with sow bugs. I, however, never had the same experience.

After dabbling with a few color variations, I finally found my confidence fly. When fishing waters that are densely populated with sow bugs, this is my go-to pattern.

I can't tell you how many healthy browns this thing has duped!

Recently, I've been fishing the Weber River, a local tailwater that is not densely populated but produces quality fish. The Bloody Sow Bug has been extremely productive when fishing it with a wire-worm in a European tight-line nymphing setup.

The setup is 8-10 feet of 4x fluorocarbon then a 6x fluorocarbon tag tied on with a triple surgeon's knot. The lower bug is situated 12-18 inches below the wire-worm.

Get out there and give it a go and let me know how you do.

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Materials:

  • Moonlit ML058 Jig Hook # 14

  • Moonlit Tungsten Bead #3.0MM

  • 5 Wraps of .035 Lead

  • UTC Thread 140 FL Cerise

  • UTC Wire BR Black

  • Dark Rainbow Sowbug Dubbing

  • Want to make your own? You can mix these UV dubbing materials by Hareline in equal parts Claret, Light Yellow, Peacock, Dun

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