Rouse's J-Dub Sow Bug

One of the hot flies on Arkansas' White River, this sowbug imitation is sure to perform.


Jamie Rouse, the 2007 Orvis-Endorsed Guide of the Year, developed his J-Dub Sow Bug while guiding on Arkansas' famed White and Little Red Rivers. Present in most tailwaters or slow-moving clear streams, sow bugs can constitute a large portion of a trout's diet, and typically live in streambed gravel. Sow bugs can be deadly when fished as a fly, and the J-Dub Sow Bug is one of the best patterns we've found.
Sizes 14, 16.
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Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.3 / 5 based on 9 reviews


8 of 9 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 1/5

    sow bug - 3/26/2015

    Does not look like the picture on site is made out of the country, it is hard to believe that jamie had this in mind when he developed this fly, used on little red with no results. caught alot of fish this day but none on this fly.

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  • 5/5

    Awesome! - 8/10/2013

    Best sow bug for any tailwater and the little red river! Caught a nice 25" brown with this last winter. Don't leave home without it!!!

  • 3/5

    Good - 6/17/2013
    By: from Pittsburgh PA

    Nice bug, would be nice in smaller sizes down to 20. However,,,, if you want a cress bug that works,, use a Ed shenks cress bug!! I only fish spring creeks so ya, It didn't work, but maybe it will in a tailwater...

  • 5/5

    great fly - 11/14/2012
    By: from Texas

    this is an awesome sowbug fly, lease start offering this fly in grey as well.

  • 5/5

    Rouse's J-Dub Sow Bug - 5/10/2011
    By: from Omaha, NE

    A few years ago I caught my largest Brown, a 23 1/2 incher with Jamie at the helm and one of his sow bugs on the end of my tippet. Turn over a branch in the Little Red and see what the trout are feasting it alive, or is it one of Jamie Rouse's sow bugs? Thanks for a great experience, Jamie.

  • 5/5

    Best Sow Bug Ever - 2/17/2011

    I have fished the tail waters of Arkansas my whole life and this is by far the best, most realistic sowbug that I have ever seen or used. I'll never use any other sowbug pattern.

  • 5/5

    Great Arkansas fly - 1/31/2011

    Fished this fly in the #14 on January 28th in Arkansas and caught two 18 inch rainbows and a 22 inch brown. Truly a big trout's fly.

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