7 Must Have Sowbug Fly Patterns
In tailwater rivers and spring creeks crustaceans such as sowbugs provide a consistent source of protein throughout the year. On famous tailwater rivers such as the Bighorn and Missouri Rivers in Montana you will find anglers taking fish on these patterns every day of the year. Not only are these patterns highly effective, but they are all reasonably easy to tie.
Ray Charles – The Ray Charles created on the Bighorn River, is a staple sowbug imitation that produces for anglers everyday of the year. Simple to tie and durable, the Ray Charles should be found in every tailwater fly box. Can be tied with or without soft hackle. Effective colors – grey, tan and pink.
UV Eddie Vedder – Incorporating uv dubbing into the body, along with ostrich herl, the UV Eddie Vedder offers trout a new age variation on the Ray Charles. The thin skin back adds to this patterns realism as well. Our favorite colors are tan and pink.
Firebead Ray Charles Soft Hackle – Anglers are not quite exactly sure why trout take firebead sowbug patterns so readily throughout the year. Maybe as an egg in the spring? Possibly the orange bead is an attractive color to the trout? Who really knows. The bottom line is that firebead patterns produce. Size 14 – 18.
Killer Bug – A modern twist of Frank Sawyer’s Killer Bug, this pattern has become a favorite pattern of Bighorn River trout and beyond. The body of this fly gets darker when wet and becomes even better looking in the water. Tied with or without soft hackle. Most effective size 14 and 16.
Pink Soft Hackle Sowbug – This simple pattern tied with either pink or tan dubbing for the body, along with dun hen neck for a collar has been terrorizing trout on the Bighorn for years. We fish this pattern with or without a firebead. Size 14 – 18.
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