Frankenfly. The egg-sucking sculpin. November 27 2014, 0 Comments

Ever been fishing a fly in a hatch and wonder why a fish will take your fly over all the naturals?  It still makes even the most seasoned angler wonder sometimes.  Your silly fly that looks only vaguely like what the fish is feeding on, but will cause the fish to ignore everything else. Welcome to fly fishing!

The trick is often to suggest one or multiple things that will trigger a fish's interest, and trigger it to take your fly.

At the moment in many of the coastal rivers in North America, resident and searun trout are keyed in to a few food sources. Right now, that's salmon eggs if they are on offer.  But "on offer" is subject to conditions, and when the water spikes with rain, eggs wash down and the trout feed on them.  When the rain stops or temperatures plummet, the water drops and clears, and with that, eggs are no longer washed downstream to feeding trout. At these times, trout can then turn to their regular food sources, and at such time will turn to the larger food sources like sculpins.  Sculpins, unlike trout for the most part, will take eggs directly from salmon redds.  It doesn't take a genius to work out that a little sculpin struggling to swim with an egg sticking out of its mouth might make an attractive meal for trout.  Without further ado, here's our take on the egg-sucking sculpin!

 

Fish the fly on the swing during low water conditions, or tie it with heavy dumbell eyes and strip it just downstream of salmon redds and watch the trout follow.  

 

If you'd like to see a tying video of how we put this little beastie together, please comment on this blogpost.