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Pattern Soft Hackle Sow Bug
Soft Hackle Sow Bug
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Category Nymphs
Entered Thu, 25 Jan 2007
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Hook: TMC 3769 #14-18....................... Thread: 8/0 Flourescent Fire Orange or Red................... Body: Cinnamon Caddis Hareline Dubbin...... Hackle: Blue Dun (Grey) Hen Neck...........
Pattern Description
The Soft Hackle Sowbug comes from the Bighorn River in south eastern Montana. This has been a killing pattern for years on the 'Horn and is something you want to make sure to have in your box if you plan on venturing out that way. This is a very simple pattern with a few very important details that don't seem like much but make a world of difference in the fishing. The Florescent Fire Orange or Red thread seems like an out of place color on a fly like this but let me realte a little story about my last trip to the Bighorn: I had tied about a dozen or so SHSowbugs with tan colored thread thinking that matching the thread color to the dubbing would be better than that obnoxious orange thread. I then called a friend of mine who guided up there and was chatting about the fishing and so forth and he mentioned to be SURE to tie them with orange thread. I went back to the bench and tied up a couple more dozen with the ornage thread and away we went. Once we were on the river, I rigged up a two fly rig with a tan threaded Sowbug on top and an orange threaded sow on the bottom...95% of the fish ate the orange version...I switched the postion of the flies on the leader with the same results. Crazy, I know. There has to be something in that orange thread that shows through the dubbing creating a more realistic halo effect or something! Other than this little idiosyncracy the fly is pretty straight forward. Get on the vise and start wrapping!