Deer Hair Sowbug

Created by Jeff Morgan


Sowbugs (Isopoda) often live in similar habitat to scuds. They are similar in appearance, except they are flattened from top to bottom, with the legs sticking out the sides. For more, see the article Aquatic Sowbugs.

How to Fish

Dead drift near the bottom using trout indicator or tight line tactics.

Tying Instructions

1. Debarb hook, place in vise, start thread.

2. Tie in shellback material and ribbing.

3. Dub deer body.

4. Pull shellback over dubbing and tie down near head.

5. Rib with monofilament.

6. Whip finish and trim.

7. Pluck out legs with dubbing needle.

HOOK: Dai Riki 300, size 12-14

THREAD: White or gray

BODY: Dubbed deear hair, white or cream. Trim on top and bottom when finished dubbing

BACK: Gray Body Stretch

RIBBLING: 4X clear monofilament