How to Tie: The Jig Streamer Sculpin

In this week’s “How to Tie” video feature, Fly Fish Food gives us a great tutorial on how to tie the Jig Streamer Sculpin.


Learn About This Fly:

Difficulty: Intermediate

The Sculpin, a main stay in most anglers boxes due to its continued reliability and versatility in just about every water body. Sculpins are benthic fish that dwell at the bottom of water bodies. They are very common in spring creeks and rivers but also find a place in freestones, tailwaters, and lakes alike. That being said, trout and other fish species love munching on them which is why they are highly recommended for your fly box.

If you are familiar with jig style hooks, you know that they ride hook point up and are accompanied by a heavy tungsten slotted bead. As mentioned previously, sculpins live in the depths of water bodies and so a jig hook is a no-brainer. The benefit of this rig is the fact that it will get down fast and “swim” with the current when jigged.

Throw this fly on a euro-rig as the point fly and you might be surprised what could take place. Euro-style jig streamers are becoming more and more popular because they are simply deadly. Fish will eat this fly and because of that it should have a special place in your fly box.

Ingredients:

  • Hook: Fulling Mill 5130 Jig Force Long Barbless Hook – 10
  • Hook (option): Firehole Sticks 570 Streamer Jig Hook – 8
  • Thread (Olive): 6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed – Olive Dun
  • Bead (Olive): Firehole Stones Matte Slotted Tungsten Beads – Dark Olive – 4.5mm (3/16″)
  • Weight: Lead Wire Spool – 0.02
  • Thread (Tan): 6/0 UNI-Thread Waxed – Tan
  • Bead (Tan): Firehole Stones Matte Slotted Tungsten Beads – Almond Joy – 4.5mm (3/16″)
  • Tail 1 (Olive): Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou – Sculpin Olive (UV)
  • Tail 1 (Olive, option): Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou – Sculpin Olive
  • Tail 2 (Olive, option): Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou – Burnished Golden Tan
  • Body Option 1: Arizona Simi Seal – Dark Sculpin Junk
  • Body Option 2: Arizona Simi Seal – Bronze Peacock
  • Collar/Fins: Ostrich Marabou – Sculpin Olive
  • Dubbing Collar: Ice Dub – Peacock
  • Tail (Tan): Fish Hunter Premium Strung Marabou – Sculpin Tan (UV)
  • Body (Tan): Arizona Simi Seal – Golden Shiner
  • Dubbing Collar (Tan): Ice Dub – Golden Brown
  • Dubbing Brush: Stonfo Comb & Brush Tool

Now you know how to tie the Jig Streamer Sculpin.

Video and Ingredients courtesy of Fly Fish Food.

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