The Fuzzel Sowbug
For a few years I’d been pondering the way to imitate a lot of the sowbugs I’d been finding in the White River system. These weren’t solid dark or light colors, instead they had a distinctly dark “spine” and pale gray edges. There are a lot of good Sowbug patterns around, Davy Wotton’s Sowbug Series, John Wilson’s Trout Crack, Mike McLellan’s Woven V-Rib Sowbug, all are great.
But like most fly tiers I tinker, but really struggled to get what I was after. Then I spotted an article in Flylife magazine about Murray “Muz” Wilson’s Fuzzling Technique, and subsequently found a video where Muz ties a Fuzzel Bugger with another mate Peter Morse. Click Here to see the inspiration.
The Fuzzel Sow seemed a natural. It took my a bunch of playing with the technique to get it right, trimming the teased dubbing to show the shell back and leave a halo of fibres each side. Choosing right dubbing is fairly tricky. Sowscud is decent, but I tied a bunch with Whitlock’s SLF, then as you will see on the video, mixing prism dub and Whitlock’s SLF.
This technique is applicable in a whole range of flies, you probably are getting ideas now.
Hook: Nymph Hook 14 to 18.
Thread: UTC Dark Grey 140
Underbody: Flattened .010 lead wire.
Body: Micro Stretch Tubing.
Dubbing: Whitlock’s SLF Blend Sowbug Grey and Prism Dub Tan.