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Grau’s Easy Sculpin by Walt Grau

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Grau’s Easy Sculpin by Walt Grau

Sculpin flies can often be difficult and complex to tie but not this one.  Grau’s Easy Sculpin is the easiest sculpin pattern I’ve seen and best of all it produces fish.  The fish we like to catch in our West Michigan rivers love to eat sculpins and this fat headed, tapering toward the tail fly is just the right look for a sculpin.  More good news, sculpins look a lot like gobies.  Gobies are now a top prey item for most Great Lakes predators and I have used this pattern for Great Lakes smallmouth bass and carp.  For smallmouth and carp in the Great Lakes flats you really need to have the hook ridding up… 6-12 wraps of lead on the body or lead eyes makes this a good hook up carp and smallmouth flats goby fly.

Best For… steelhead, salmon, carp, bass and trout


***Materials listed in tying order

Hook… Dai-Riki #710, size 4

Tail… brown rag yarn

Body… dark orange yarn

Hackle… pheasant rump

Flash… copper Flashabou (6 or so pieces over hackle)

Head… brown rag yarn


References Links:

Walt Grau

Pere Marquette Fishing Report (Pere Marquette Steelhead, Grau’s Easy Sculpin)

Dan Bailey, Dai-Riki hooks (home page)

FlyMasters of Indianapolis (source for rag yarn)

Hedron Inc of Stillwater, Minnesota (makers of Flashabou)