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|Nearly everyone that grew up in brown trout country knows that larger specimens eat smaller fish. British Columbia Kamloops in lakes grow to giant size by eating smaller fish, including Kokanee Salmon that are over a foot long.|
|Not as well known is that local Cutthroats and Red Band Trout also eat smaller fish. Even comaratively small trout in mountain streams eat fish. Above is a native cutthroat of unusual size that was caught with a Scuplzilla fly.|
|Trout often feed on Sculpins. 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.
|Deschutes Redsides will also eat Sculpins. Most Redsides are caught on nymphs and dryflies, because many anglers don't know that they will also eat flies that represent small fish. A very light weight Spey rod equipped with a Skagit line and sinking tip is a great way to explore larger rivers with Sculpin fly patterns. The presentation is very much like fishing for winter steelhead, only in miniature. A four weight Spey rod is perfect for Deschutes Redsides.|
|Natural Brown||Natural Tan||White||Black||Olive|
|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.
|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.|
|S10304||Sculpzilla, Natural Brown||4||3-for $11.25|
|S10308||Sculpzilla, Natural Brown||8||3-for $11.25|
|Sculpzilla, Natural Tan|
|A fly for rivers with light colored granite bottoms, or where rainbows are feeding on both sculpins and flesh flies.|
|SW072TN04||Sculpzilla, Natural Tan||4||3-for $11.25|
|SW072TN04||Sculpzilla, Natural Tan||8||3-for $11.25|
|This could be an injured sculpin, that has been partly skinned, and escaped from a large predator fish. Whatever the reason, it is effective.|
|SW072WT04||Sculpzilla, White||4||3-for $11.25|
|SW072WT08||Sculpzilla, White||8||3-for $11.25|
|Many saltwater sculpins are dark colored. Try this pattern in dark bottom streams, estuaries or off the beach.|
|SW072BK04||Sculpzilla, Black||4||3-for $11.25|
|SW072BK08||Sculpzilla, Black||8||3-for $11.25|
|This is the over-all winner for most inland rivers, especially big rivers that have some weed growth in the summer.|
|SW072OL04||Sculpzilla, Olive||4||3-for $11.25|
|SW072OL08||Sculpzilla, Olive||8||3-for $11.25|
|48-Hour Deschutes Summer Steelhead School, Entry Level, Luxury Camping On The River|
OPENINGS FOR TWO STUDENTS ONLY !!!
|Tents, cots with pads and full accommodations will be provided.
The camp will be based on double occupancy in each roomy sleeping tent.
Be sure to bring a sleeping bag, change of clothes & camp shoes.
Lunch, dinners and brunches will be served. The basic format is two meals per day with lots of munchies available.
Bring your own waders, or Rent Wading Gear from: The Fly Fishing Shop.
Bring your own tackle. Two hand rod/reel outfits will be available for trial.
Deposits (non-refundable) must be received by shopping cart no later than 07/01/14.
OPENINGS FOR TWO STUDENTS ONLY !!!
|ST09262816||Deschutes Summer Steelhead 101 School with Mark Bachmann, Arrive September 26, Stay two nights and Depart September 28, cost $795 per student.||Deposit:
Non-Refundable, transaction will be processed immediately, final payment of $395 due by July1.
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