Instructions: Tailwater Sowbug

Tying Instructions: Tailwater Sowbug

1. I am using a TMC 3769 , size 14 hook. Mash down the barb with the vise and attach the hook. Wrap about 6-7 times with 0.015" leadfree wire near the center of the hook shank.
Step One
2. Attach the thread to the hook shank and secure the leadfree wire wraps with thread wraps, then wrap the thread to the bend of the hook for the tail tie-in.
Step Two
3. Tailing is optional on this pattern. However, Lance Egan prefers to use a small stubby tail on this patter with Coq de Leon Tailing fibers. I am using the Dark Pardo.
Step Three
4. Clip off 7-8 tailing fibers and tie in the tips at the bend of the hook to the top of the shank. The length of the tails should be no more than half the hook shank length. Trim off the tag end of the tailing fibers.
Step Four
5. Secure a small Silver wire to the bottom of the hook shank behind the wire wraps. Secure to the bend of the hook.
Step Five
6. Hareline makes both a Dark Shade and Light Shade of Rainbow Scud Dubbing. I am using the Light Shade. The material has long fibers so you may want to cut the material into smaller lengths prior to dubbing the thread.
Step Six
7. Wrap the dubbing around the thread. The fibers will interlock with a twist of your index finger and thumb. Some will use a dubbing loop but I find that the red thread shows too much using this technique.
Step Seven
8. Lock in the dubbing fibers with the first two wraps, then twist the dubbing material around the thread creating a dubbing rope. This will really help hide the thread coloration.
Step Eight
9. Build up a thick heavy body that is tapered.
Step Nine
10. Wrap the silver wire 4-5 times with spirol wraps to the eye of the hook.
Step Ten
11. Build a small head with the red thread and whip finish. Trim off the thread.
Step Eleven
12. Take a dubbing brush or velcro strip and groom the fibers out in a plane perpendicular to the hook shank. Work both the top and bottom of the sowbug dubbing to tease out the fibers.
Step Twelve
13. Mark the top spline of the pattern with a Sepia colored marker.
Step Thirteen
14. The marker will give the appearance of a shellback. Trim the dubbing fibers in an semi-oval around the length of the shank. If you have any errant fibers on the top or bottom, trim these away. The a pattern should be somewhat disc shaped.
Step Fourteen
15. The finished Tailwater Sowbug.
Step Fifteen

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