Sheila's Sculpin

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Sheila's Scuplin was a demonstration fly tied at a meeting of the Ozark Fly Fishers by Tim Biesendorfer, FeatherCraft Fly Shop.  The pattern has proven to be an excellent imitation of a sculpin.


Hook:Tiemco 200R #4
Thread:6/0 Tan
Eyes:3/16 golden bar-bell
Body:Golden Bright Dubbing Golden Yellow and floursecent red
Body:Tan Grizzly Maribou
Tail:Pine Squirrel Strip
Tail:Olive Grizzly Hackle Points
Collar:Lemon Wood Duck Flank Feather or Dyed Mallard
Head:Olive Grizzly Hackle

Tying Instructions

  1. Mount the hook and lay a base of thread to a point above the barb of the hook.
  2. Mount the bar bell eyes behind the eye leaving sufficient room to tie off the marabou and form a head.
  3. Remove the hook from the vice and run the point of the hook through the pine squirrel or rabbit strip (the fur side of the strip should ride up when fished).
  4. Place the hook back in the vice and secure the strip to the shank of the hook.
  5. Return the thread to the back of the hook and secure two hackle tips that extend about a hook gap beyond the bend.
  6. Dub the body leaving room behind the bar bell eyes for the red dubbing, flank feather and marabou.
  7. Apply the red dubbing in front of the body dubbing and behind the bar bell eyes.
  8. Tie on wood duck feather and make one or two turns around the hook on the side of the bar bell eyes opposite of the hook eye.
  9. Tie on the tan grizzly marabou (use one or two as appropriate) by the tip and make several turns around the hook over the flank feather.
  10. Tie on the olive grizzly hackle in front of the bar bell eyes (on the hook eye side)and form a head (one or two raps behind the bar bell eyes (bend side can improve the looks of the fly).
  11. Form a head and whip finish.  Apply head cement, if desired.


This pattern can also be tied with an olive-green body, olive pine squirrel, olive dyed woodduck and olive maribou grizzly.  Develop your own variations depending upon the color and size of sculpin in your area.

Fishing Techniques

The fly can be fished deep on or near the bottom.