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Put a deep bend in your fly rod. Fish deep with Senyo Sculpins.
Sculpins. Trout love them. They’re one of the most abundant food sources found in waters of all kinds. There’s no debate that sculpin patterns catch trout, and often catch big trout. But, as with all things, some sculpin patterns work better than others. The Senyo Scuplin ranks among the very best patterns. In fact, if you fish sculpin patterns regularly, or want to get into fishing them, you want to pick up a Senyo Selection.
Why? Well, as tyer and Orvis-Endorsed guide Greg Senyo himself put it, “I wanted a sculpin pattern that had a more realistic profile than others, and had more movement and more shimmer, like that of the natural sculpin.” Many sculpin patterns just don’t have the movement and the look of the natural. And that can mean missing fish. Perhaps a lot of fish. Senyo’s secret? Blended peacock dubbing, for one. As Senyo says, “It gives this pattern a scaly natural look and also absorbs water to help it sink to the bottom where sculpins and gobies live and trout feed. Plus, the special inverted rabbit strip and grizzly marabou gives this fly an amazing and lifelike action and retains its fishy profile. Trout seem unable to refuse it.”
Senyo, owner of JAG Fly Company, first found out how successful his Senyo Sculpin was while fishing an Ohio tributary for steelhead during the October run. Senyo recounts: “I was fishing an area that was littered with fallen trees, stumps, and wood debris. I had tried just about every good streamer pattern that day with no success. I remembered that earlier that year I had used my sculpin pattern on heavy wooded sections for big browns and salmon on the Pere Marquette River in Michigan. I proceeded to tie on my # 6 sculpin and cast into the debris. Bang. On my first drift the sculpin just got absolutely hammered. Needless to say, from that cast on forward it was an exceptional day and the sculpin was my day saver and has been ever since.
Even the best of patterns are better when fished a certain way to improve your odds. To get the most out of the Senyo Sculpin, fish it deep. “This pattern is super effective when fished deep, bottom bouncing through deep pools and heavy wood debris,” Greg says. “On the Lake Erie Tributaries, swinging this pattern using traditional, Skagit, and Great Lakes Spey techniques are very popular and highly effective. The fish often just pound the pattern. Slow strip retrieves and figure eight retrieves at the end of your swing or drift can provide just absolutely vicious takes.” It also fishes well in most any water conditions. Greg’s had great success with it in just about every water condition and on several different rivers from Canadian waters, fabled Michigan rivers, famous spring creeks of Pennsylvania, and his home waters on the Lake Erie tributaries. Whatever technique you use, in whatever conditions, this sculpin pattern works great, especially when you fish it deep where sculpins and gobies are found.
While Greg first tied the sculpin to pound the steelhead, his pattern works, as he attests, for any trout in any waters, and it works for bass and other warm-water species as well, all around the globe. Greg told me that, “a lot of anglers have told me that my sculpin pattern has been a huge success for them and a go-to bait fish pattern in our western trout streams and rivers. And, I am proud to say that fly fishers abroad have caught everything from pike, walleye, carp, and several other species as well.”
If you like to fish sculpins, or want to get into them, to go after big trout, or a host of warmwater species, pick up a selection tied by the guide whose life revolves around picking up big fish, and go deep.
Greg Senyo is a fly tyer, Orvis-Endorsed guide and owner of JAG Fly Company. If you’re looking for a steelhead trip of a lifetime, look him up at: email@example.com or 419-466-9382