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Re: Sculpin Patterns

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So I googled headbanger sculpin and the guy used 19 strand beadalon wire for the connection, the front hook was a #1 hook. I saw there was a 7 strand & a 49 strand wire as well. Any one ever use this stuff or what do you all use that works, I'm figuring on using a size 4 3xl hook for the front & a small helmet and am thinking without seeing it that the 7 strand might be good.(going by fly size/wire size, bigger/smaller) Wanted to see what works for you all before I pick something up.

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Re: Sculpin Patterns

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Always thought the headbanger looked good. Surprisingly I've never pulled the trigger on a pack of the helmets. Are they as ridiculously heavy as they look? Or do they cast like any other weighted streamers?

Might as well give em a shot sometime.

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Re: Sculpin Patterns

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They are heavy and tough to swing. I think they now make a xtra small head. Contemplated ordering some to try out.

Posted on: 3/5 9:41
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Re: Sculpin Patterns

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I've had great success with these. Smallies luv them!

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Re: Sculpin Patterns

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DD I like that. Is that carpet yarn on the bodies? Nice ties.

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Re: Sculpin Patterns

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It's great stuff I have it in 7 different colors. I tie a bunch of different patterns with it.

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Re: Sculpin Patterns

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Sculpin helmets are very heavy. They are very difficult to cast in a conventional manner. Flipin' and chuckin' is the way to go. On the positive side it is tough to fish them anywhere but right on the bottom which is where the sculpins hang out so that is good. I like some of the patterns tied with the helmets and have had luck fishing them in undercuts and deep holes and using short strips on the bottom. You will definitely hang some up and lose some but when a big brownie grabs it there is generally no mistaking the take.

Posted on: 3/5 15:14


Re: Sculpin Patterns

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Dan, is that the same stuff you tied the Shannon Streamer with?

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delta_dog wrote:
It's great stuff I have it in 7 different colors. I tie a bunch of different patterns with it.

Posted on: 3/5 15:16


Re: Sculpin Patterns

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On the positive side it is tough to fish them anywhere but right on the bottom which is where the sculpins hang out so that is good. I like some of the patterns tied with the helmets and have had luck fishing them in undercuts and deep holes and using short strips on the bottom.


Exactly where I've struggled with my current patterns...by the time it gets down, its halfway through the lane/hole I'm trying to fish. I'll have to give em a shot.

Posted on: 3/5 15:21


Re: Sculpin Patterns

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Here are a couple that I tied using the sculpin helmets. lv2nymph will probably recognize them.

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Re: Sculpin Patterns

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Yep, and they worked too. After catching several trout on the olive one on the left I went ahead and left it on the bottom of spring creek. But, I never fished the other one for fear of the same fait. My hooks came today so I'm on the way with tying them. Thanks again John.

Posted on: 3/5 17:00
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Re: Sculpin Patterns

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having spent years fishing sculpin patterns in the west I am convinced the Light spruce fly streamer is the most realistic looking imitation of sculpins where it matters-in the water.Sounds silly until you actually see sculpins scurrying across the bottom of a stream.
They also require less lead to sink than the exact imitators…..
The only drawback is that featherwing streamers are poor choices for night fishing as you have to keep bringing the fly in to check to see the wing isn't wrapped .
okay ,back to my cave.lol

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Re: Sculpin Patterns

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So I googled headbanger sculpin and the guy used 19 strand beadalon wire for the connection, the front hook was a #1 hook. I saw there was a 7 strand & a 49 strand wire as well. Any one ever use this stuff....


I use beadalon on all of my articulated trout, bass and musky flies. Works great! Good action and super strong too.

Love that bunny mink sculpin!

Posted on: 3/5 20:42
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Re: Sculpin Patterns

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Thanks, this will be my first endeavor into articulated streamers. He threaded two beads on to the wire between the eye of the rear hook and the back of the lead hook, I take it that is to prevent fouling? Would the size of the streamer to be tied dictate the strand count of the wire? I ask because I got an idea it will be in a pack and I won't be able to bend it around a bit before getting it. Appreciate you letting me pick your brain on this.

Posted on: 3/5 21:25
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Re: Sculpin Patterns

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Dan, is that the same stuff you tied the Shannon Streamer with?


Yes sir.

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