Foam Sow Bug

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

Use shallow nymph tactics to drift over the top of weed beds. A small amount of lead may be useful on the leader to get the imitation a little deeper.

Tying Instructions

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

2. Tie in belly material near hookbend on underside of hook.

3. Tie in shellback material in the same manner, but on top side of hook.

4. Tie in ribbing.

5. Dub body.

6. Pull shellback over top of dubbing and tie down near head.

7. Pull belly over dubbing on underside of hook. Tie down near head.

8. Rib with monofilament.

9. Whipfinish and trim.

10. Pluck out legs with dubbing needle.

HOOK: Dai Riki 300, size 12-14

THREAD: White or gray

UNDERBODY: White sheet foam. Trim to 1mm thickness

BODY: White sparkle dubbing. Pick out some material on the sides to imitate legs

BACK: Gray sheet foam. Trim to 1mm thickness, then mottle with dark gray waterproof pen.

RIBBING: 4X clear monofilament