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Sculpzilla, Natural Brown Sculpzilla Olive and White Sculpin, Big Gulp, Tan
Sculpzilla Natural Tan Sculpin, Shiela About The Big Gulp
Sculpzilla, White About Shiela Sculpin About Egg Sucking Sculpin
About Sculpzilla Matuka Sculpin, Olive Egg Sucking Sculpin, Black
Matuka Sculpin, Gold Sculpin, Big Gulp, Black Egg Sucking Sculpin, Olive
Sculpzilla Black and White Sculpin, Big Gulp, Olive Rowell's Sticky Sculpin, Olive
Sculpins live in fast flowing streams.
Sculpins are small bottom dwelling fish that inhabit most trout streams. There are dozens of fresh water species in North America. Locally, there are three species, which are native to the Sandy River basin and several others that are native to the Deschutes basin. Size and color varies by specie and habitat. Mature freshwater Sculpins are usually from 1 1/2" to 4" in length and range through most of the shades of tan, brown and olive.

Sculpins have large flat heads. The eyes are set rather close together on top of the skull. Body conformation is long and narrow. All of the fins, including the tail are rounded. The pectoral fins are unusually large.

Body coloration is dappled to camouflage with the streambed. Sculpins are chameleon-like and change color quickly to match their surroundings.

Sculpins do not have air bladders, so they are confined to the bottom. Here they hunt and hide in near lizard-like fashion. They eat a variety of aquatic organisms, but are specifically designed to raid other fish's redds. They enjoy wriggling down between the stones to capture eggs and fry. The result is kind of like the lion/hyena wars. Trout probably grow up hating Sculpins. Some larger trout become Sculpin killers and will often eat them. In our region larger individuals of cutthroat, brown trout, rainbow trout and bull trout will eat Sculpins. Both summer and winter steelhead have been known to dine on fillet of Sculpin. Big resident rainbows in Alaska and Russia's Kamchatka eat large numbers of Sculpins.

The next time you wade your favorite trout stream, look for dead Sculpins on the bottom; possible evidence of a big trout killing spree. Or better yet fish a Sculpin pattern with a very fast sinking fly line. You may find some larger than average trout.

Ed Day & Sculpzilla

About Sculpzilla
Sculpzilla was designed to fulfill the need for a streamer that would dredge the deepest pools while enabling an effective presentation of a sculpin darting for a hiding place. While working with the prototypes, a stinger hook was chosen because of great holding properties, and less damage to fish due to the narrow gauge and short shank of the octopus hook. Another design benefit of the stinger is that since the hook is not connected to the head in the

traditional sense, the back end of the fly tends to ride above the head, leading to less hang ups against bottom structure. This pattern has caught fish in both fresh and salt water from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, and while Sculpzilla was designed as a streamer for big mean trout, it has also proven effective for Char, Steelhead, Grayling, Salmon, Sea Run Browns, Sea Run Cutthroat, Rockfish, and Smallmouth Bass.
Best Regards,
Ed Day

Sculpzilla, Natural Brown

Sculpins tend to take on the coloration of the river bottom and many river bottoms are predominantly brown. The Sculpzilla patterns are front-weighted with the "eyed-cone", which helps skip the fly along the bottom in convincing sculpin-like movements.


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S10304 Sculpzilla, Natural Brown 4 3 for $10.50

S10308 Sculpzilla, Natural Brown 8 3 for $10.50

Sculpzilla Natural Tan

A fly for rivers with light colored granite bottoms, or where rainbows are feeding on both sculpins and flesh flies.

Sculpzilla Natural Tan

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S103NT04 Sculpzilla, Natural Tan 4 3 for $10.50

S103NT08 Sculpzilla Natural Tan 8 3 for $10.50

Sculpzilla, White

This could be an injured sculpin, that has been partly skinned, and escaped from a large predator fish. Whatever the reason, it is effective.

Sculpzilla, White

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S103WT04 Sculpzilla, White 4 3 for $10.50

S103WT08 Sculpzilla, White 8 3 for $10.50

Sculpzilla Black and White

Many saltwater sculpins are dark colored. Try this pattern in dark bottom streams, estuaries or off the beach.

Sculpzilla Black and White

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S103BK04 Sculpzilla Black and White 4 3 for $10.50

S103BK08 Sculpzilla Black and White 8 3 for $10.50

Sculpzilla Olive and White

This is the over-all winner for most inland rivers, especially big rivers that have some weed growth in the summer.

Sculpzilla Olive and White

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S103OL04 Sculpzilla Olive and White 4 3 for $10.50

S103OL08 Sculpzilla Olive and White 8 3 for $10.50

About Shiela Sculpin
The Shiela sculpin was not born out of any real need for just another sculpin pattern. It was, rather, the desire to sit down at the tying bench to experiment and express some ideas on what we hope to achieve when creating an offering of fur & feather for a fish. Iron, being first consideration, then materials that translate animation and subtleties of life-like qualities that breathe the impression of life into the pattern. After realizing your vision, or close to what you've imagined, the final word is asked of the fish. And they have answered very favorably concerning the Shiela Sculpin.
The first outing was for coastal cutts from some beaches in Puget Sound. In this saltwater environment, the bite is driven by tidal movement. This particular high out-going tide (my preference from the beach)continued through till evenings last light. Then as the sun began to disappear behind pine and hilltop, that which has come to be known as the "sculpin hour" arrives. Within those last one to two hours of light, I learned to make sure the rod was held firmly and to pay attention 'cause it aint' over yet! The Shiela has proven to be consistently effective in these conditions. It is notable just how deliberate and positive the strikes are at this time.
The next quarry would be summer run steelhead. I had doled out some of my newly dressed sculpin flies to a few select discerning anglers to try out, one of which is a tier of full dress Atlantic salmon patterns. After a short while he excitedly reported to me that he had hooked and landed four steelhead out of one hole then lost the fly to a snag. He wanted to replicate it and asked that I loan him another so he may analyze how it is put together. Through much frustration he confessed to having resorted to dissecting my fly with a razor blade, to no avail. (He was issued no more flies.)
I remember an occasion when I spotted several steelhead holding in a nice long run. First pass had several great drifts waking a steelhead caddis. Much anticipation, no reward. Second pass through with a cone-head muddler, no interest. Third pass now tandem with brown stonefly nymph, nothing. Fourth pass, no holds barred, attach glo bug to stonefly, still could not move a fish. I think the situation thru, three flies not fun to cast plus my personal ethics are compromised. Be done with this madnessí I said to myself. So off comes this obnoxious set up. It's back to basics. Choose a style you enjoy, pick one fly that you feel confident with and just fish. The style, deep swing, the fly, the Shiela Sculpin.
First cast, long and precise, less than three feet into the drift a big grab and the fish bolts down stream twenty yards. My reel is screaming with excitement and agony! Then, this turbo charged torpedo does a 180 without slowing and slices back up current to directly across from me. The fish then goes for air arching from side to side, and there, hanging out of the corner of the steelheads jaw, I see the Sheila.
Since her humble beginnings Sheila has traveled far and seduced such species as Sea run browns in Argentina, Bass in Oregon, big bows & browns in Montana, steelhead, salmon, grayling, arctic char, and rainbows in Alaska.
Most anywhere bigger fish eat smaller fish is a good place to tie on the Sheila Sculpin.
This pattern actually had a female gender designation before any name. Female because of the peculiar effect it had on other sculpin, of which I would assume were males. As I was wading through a back eddy, I stopped unhitched my lab experiment from the hook-keeper and dropped my creation to the river bottom. With rod tip held high I began to dance the fly about, up over rocks and all around on the bottom. I noticed other sculpin peeking and coming out of there lairs. Soon all the sculpin in the hood were taking turns swimming up checking out the new fish in town. Then one decided to take charge and chased all the others away. He would be the one to scrutinize this creature, and deem it worthy or not. So he began to circle slowly, swim and stop, swim and stop, until all angles were viewed. The sculpin then took-up a position about an inch away and parallel to the fly, paused briefly, then closed the gap and scooted right on over, side by side and touching fins. Love is a beautiful thing........*
I knew then that 'it' was a 'she' and that she was a Sheila.
Maybe some of my time at the vise, trying to engineer an expression has been justified. Conversely tying the Sheila is not such an easy task ,as the tier described earlier learned. She's just not a wham-bam-thankyou-mam kind of a girl. But hey if you've got the time, desire and skill, go for it, knock yourself out. Just don't come cryin' to me to give away a prototype to be razored. (maybe I should do a tying the Sheila video) That being said, how fortunate it is that the Shiela Sculpin is now available from Solitude Fly Co. So whether you decide to buy'em or tie'em just have fun and try'em. 
BO Wittmer

 Sculpin, Shiela
This impressionistic pattern doesn't look like much like a sculpin until it is wet. Then it becomes very convincing to both anglers and fish. Take some of these flies with you on your next expedition to Alaska, Montana or Deschute summer steelhead fishing.

Sculpin, Shiela

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S10804 Sculpin, Shiela 4 3 for $10.50

Mike McCune Mike McCune says this about the the Big Gulp Sculp, "The Big Gulp Sculpin, like so many other original patterns, has been in a constant state of evolution for more than 20 years. Originally designed to imitate sculpins and blackfish found in the waters of Southwest Alaska, colors have been incorporated to mimic or suggest forage fish species found world-wide.
One of the characteristics that make the fly so successful  is the incorporation of both rabbit fur and marabou. The deer hair collar, while

suggestive of pectoral fins, is far more important in energizing body movement.
Lead eyes keep it down where it belongs. Durability, silhouette, castability, and movement are qualities that are very important to this type of fly. The addition of just a bit of flash further enhances its attractiveness.
While conceived as an Alaska pattern, the "sculp" has been used effectively for smallmouth bass, sea-run browns, steelhead both summer and winter, as well as trout, most everywhere they are found.

Sculpin, Big Gulp, Black

The black-head big gulp is a proven Alaska killer on big rainbows and char. It is also well proven for both winter and summer steelhead in Oregon & Washington.

Sculpin, Big Gulp, Black

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S101BK04 Sculpin, Big Gulp, Black 4 3 for $10.50

Sculpin, Big Gulp, Olive

This fly can turn on both steelhead and bull trout in inland rivers. The next time you are experiencing the mid-day doldrums on the Deschutes, tie one of these on and fish it deep along the bottom. It tends to wake 'em up.

Sculpin, Big Gulp, Olive

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S101OL04 Sculpin, Big Gulp, Olive 4 3 for $10.50

Sculpin, Big Gulp, Tan

Brown trout candy. Be sure to carry some of these with you to the Missouri next fall. Sling them up aganst the bank from a moving drift boat. don't use fine tippet.

Sculpin, Big Gulp, Tan

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S101TN04 Sculpin, Big Gulp, Tan 4 3 for $10.50

Larimerís Egg Sucking Loop Sculpin

The Loop Sculpin is a spinoff from my Loop Leech. Like the leech, the Sculpin has a loop of 30 pound Fire Line braid threaded through the rabbit strip body. The stinger hook is looped into the fire line. This design has a number of things going for it. First, the long rabbit strip creates a seductive swimming motion that brings the fly to life in the water. Furthermore, the single rabbit strip creates a large profile though still casts easily considering the size of the fly. Most importantly, the hook can easily be replaced if it becomes damaged or too dull to sharpen. More so, the angler can change hook sizes according to the fish they are chasing. A size 4 would be appropriate for most summer steelhead, Alaskan rainbows, or large sea-run brown trout. However, for larger winter steelhead, or Canadian summer steelhead, I will jump up to a size 2. Conversely, if Iím fishing for resident brown trout on a Rocky Mountain tail water, Iíll go down to a size 6.

he Loop Sculpin has quickly gained recognition in fisheries worldwide. My clients tested the fly again Deschutes steelhead last summer. Fished on a Skagit head and 12 feet of T-14 or T-11 sink-tip, it was a great mid-day fly. However, the Loop Sculpin isnít just a steelhead fly. Industry sales rep. George Cook fished it in Tierra del Fuego last spring. The fly accounted for the largest sea-run brown trout of the trip. After giving the fly to a few friends that guide Alaska, it seems trout in both hemispheres love to crush the Loop Sculpin. If you like fishing big, meaty flies for predatory fish like steelhead, sea-run browns, resident browns, bull trout, or Alaskan rainbows, this fly should be a part of your arsenal.

Egg Sucking Sculpin, Black

Egg Sucking Sculpin, Black

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ST287BK Egg Sucking Sculpin, Black 4 3 for $10.50

Egg Sucking Sculpin, Olive

Egg Sucking Sculpin, Olive

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ST287OL Egg Sucking Sculpin, Olive 4 3 for $10.50

Rowell's Sticky Sculpin, Olive

This is what fishing guide, Nick Rowell says about his fly, "The Sticky Sculpin was originally tied for targeting big Alaskan rainbows, while guiding on the Kanektok River. Since then, it has become a go to steelhead fly for me. I tie this fly on when the river drops and clears, or later in the season when the fish have been in the river a while. It is especially productive

in the spring, and seems to get hit extra hard that time of year. I will also go to the Sticky Sculpin as a comeback fly, or as the second fly through a run.  Tie one on the next time you find a fish with another fly, the natural look of the sculpin will often convince them to eat."
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37-0790-TB Rowell's Sticky Sculpin, Olive 4 3 for $11.85

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