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Sow Bug

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This fly was found in the January 12, 2012 electronically mailed newsletter of the Blue Ribbon Fly Shop in Mountain Home, Arkansas. This a great pattern for fishing both the Norfork and White River tail waters. Also, a great shop that is a must visit for all fly fishers coming to the Mountain Home area.

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Hook:TMC 3769 size 12-18
Thread:Uni-Thread 8/0 Tan
Body:Cream Sow-Scud Dubbing
Rib:Uni-Thread 6/0 Tan
Lead:Lead Free Wire .015
Back:Scud Back or Ziploc Bag cut to size
Tail:Uni-Thread 6/0 Tan

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Tying Instructions

  1. Make 6-8 wraps of your lead wire, centering it on the shank of the hook, then attach your thread and wrap to the back of the hook.
  2. Tie in a loop of Uni-Thread for the tail. Tie in ribbing, then scud back. While at the rear of the hook, loosely spin the dubbing onto the thread.
  3. Dub forward, making a small cigar shaped body. Then proceed to pull the Scud Back forward, tying in behind the eye of the hook.
  4. Rib the body into 6-8 segments, tie off the ribbing, and whip finish.
  5. Take a bodkin, Velcro, or an old toothbrush and pick out some legs from the underside of the fly.
  6. The addition of a bead is optional

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