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Sculpzilla


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Pattern Description
Sculpzilla comes from Solitude Fly Company and is one of the hottest streamers to come out in years. This articulated fly has a slinky attitude and sinks quite well. The best part of this fly is that it is relatively easy to tie! I fished this fly in Idaho this fall and had fish go absolutely ape-shit over it. Matt"Big Fish" Prowse landed what may be the biggest trout I've ever personally seen caught on a Sculpzilla while we were over there. Let me tell you, it was tough to fit in the boat with him after he landed that fish! The whole rest of the week he insisted we call him "Big Fish", and painfully enough, his luck held out. Tie up some Sculpzillas and tuck them in your fly box for a day to be determined...you never know when you might end up with someone like Matt in the boat and need to shut him up!
Materials Needed:

Hooks: Gamakatsu Octopus hook, #4 for trailer, TMC 811S #1/0 for the main hook. The main hook is cut off at the bend once the fly is completed, so a cheaper hook would be a fine substitute. You just need a hook with a relatively large hook eye and reasonably long shank.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Thread: Black 3/0 Monochord>>>>>>>>>>>>> Wing: Rabbit Strip, Sand Variant>>>>>>>>>>>>> Cone: Spirit River Cross Eyed Cone, Black 3/8>>>> Eyes: Red 3D Eyes glued into Head>>>>> Body: Olive Ice Dubbing>>>>>>>>>>>> Gills: Red Guinea Body Feather>>>>>>>>>> Skirt: Olive Marabou, wrapped as a collar>>>>>> Collar: Grizzly Dyed Olive Chickabou Nose: Hot Pink or Hot Orange 140 Denier UTC Thread
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Place the Gamakatsu hook in the vise and start the thread right behind the eye. make a thread base about 1/4 of the way down the shank. charlie's flybox
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Part the fur at the end of a rabbit strip and tie the hide to the hook with several tight turns of thread. The rabbit hide should not extend much beyond the tie down point...the fur will reach back, but the skin should be short. charlie's flybox
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Fold the front of the rabbit strip back and tie off the thread with a whip finish. Clip the thread. charlie's flybox
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Loop a piece of 30 pound test Fireline through the hook eye of the trailer hook as shown. charlie's flybox
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Pull the loop down tight as it appears here, with the loop on the bottom of the shank and the tags coming forward through the hook eye. charlie's flybox
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Place the cone on the 811S hook and then place the hook in the vise. charlie's flybox
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Slide the cone back and start the thread on the shank in front of the cone. Build a thread base back to the hook bend, then forward again to the eye. charlie's flybox
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Slide the two ends of the Fireline under and through the cone. charlie's flybox
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Measure the trailer loop so it extends back about an inch and a half back from the bend of the front hook. Tie the two strands of Fireline down right behind the eye of the hook with several tight turns of thread. charlie's flybox
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Push the tag ends of the Fireline down through the hook eye. charlie's flybox
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Fold the tag ends back under the shank and bind them down all the way down the shank with very firm wraps of thread. charlie's flybox
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Wrap back over the tag ends and forward again to the hook eye. Whip finish the thread and clip. Coat the thread wraps with head cement. charlie's flybox
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Return the thread to the bend of the hook. Pull the rabbit strip forward from the back hook, making sure it is long enough to allow the Fireline to remain taut. charlie's flybox
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Part the hair at the bend of the hook and bind the hide to the shank with several tight turns of thread. It helps to wet the hair a bit so it will stay out of the way while you wrap the thread. charlie's flybox
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Fold the front end of the rabbit strip back so it is out of the way. Dub a heavy body with the Ice Dub, making sure not to crowd too close to the cone. charlie's flybox
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Fold the rabbit strip forward and bind it down at the front of the dubbed body. Clip the excess close. charlie's flybox
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The cone will be slopping round on the hook this whole time and not to worry...it's all part of my plan! charlie's flybox
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Tie in a large guinea feather by it's butt end at the front of the rabbit strip behind the cone. charlie's flybox
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Lift the guinea feather and fold the fibers toward the bend of the hook, wet fly-style. charlie's flybox
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Fold the hackle, then wrap it a couple turns forward forming the collar seen here. charlie's flybox
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Hold the guinea fibers back along the body and wrap over their front edge to hold them back slightly. charlie's flybox
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Tie in a marabou feather by it's tip in front of the guinea feather. (For more info on folding hackles and marabou feathers, please see the Platte River Spider here on the site). charlie's flybox
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Fold the marabou feather like you did with the guinea feather and wrap it forward forming a flowing collar. Tie the feather off at the back edge of the cone. charlie's flybox
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Finished marabou collar. charlie's flybox
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Lay a grizzly dyed olive chickabou feather in on top of the shank with the tip extending back about halfway down the hook length. Tie this feather in right behind the cone with several tight turns of thread. charlie's flybox
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Tie another chickabou feather in on the near side of the hook as well as another on the far side of the hook. Both of these feathers should match the length of the first chickabou feather. charlie's flybox
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Whip finish the thread behind the cone and clip. charlie's flybox
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Run a thin bead of Zap Gel into the back of the bead. I hold the glue tube still and rotate the cone as I feed the glue into it. You only need a little bit of glue here, it's very easy to over-do it. charlie's flybox
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Shove the cone back against the front of the fly. The Zap Gel will glue everything in there tightly together. charlie's flybox
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Push the cone back and start the heavier 140 denier thread in front of the cone. Build a small nub of thread in front of the cone, wedged right up to the front of the cone. Whip finish and clip this thread as well. charlie's flybox
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Place a small drop of Zap Gel into each eye socket. charlie's flybox
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Press a 3D eye into each of the pre-glued sockets. I use a half hitch tool to push the eyes firmly into the cone. This keeps me from getting glue all over my fingers, which bugs me because I am delicate like a flower. charlie's flybox
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Finished fly, front view. charlie's flybox
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Finished fly, side view. Remember to cut the front hook off at the bend! I left the hook on here to hold the fly in the vise but MAKE SURE YOU CUT YOURS OFF! That big hook makes far too big of a hole in trout! charlie's flybox
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