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Whitlock's Sowbug

Many rivers in Arkansas have an abundance of sowbugs and Dave Whitlock created this fly to match those he found. Tie them in tan, brown and grey.
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Whitlock's Sowbug
List of materials
Hook: TMC 3761 Sizes 14-18 Thread: Uni-Thread 8/0 Lead Wrap: .020 Tail: Brown Goose Biots Body: Brown Hares Ear Dubbing Wing Case: Brown Polly Yarn Ribbing: Copper Wire
Steps

Step 1

Wrap on lead and secure with thread wraps in front and behind.

Fly tying - Whitlock's Sowbug - Step 1

Step 2

Crimp down lead with flat pliers

Fly tying - Whitlock's Sowbug - Step 2

Step 3

Tie on poly yarn at bend of hook and copper wire.

Fly tying - Whitlock's Sowbug - Step 3

Step 4

Attach goose biots on both sides of hook with curved part facing away from hook. Length should be 1/2 body length.

Fly tying - Whitlock's Sowbug - Step 4

Step 5

Dub on body to back of head.

Fly tying - Whitlock's Sowbug - Step 5

Step 6

Lay wing case over body and secure. Palmer copper wire through body and secure. Trim off excess, build a head and whip finish. Pick out body with a wire brush.

Fly tying - Whitlock's Sowbug - Step 6

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