One of my favorite patterns for warm water fish is the Seaducer. I have been working on my box for spring tying all types of seaducer variants. During Christmas I have been drooling over the various fly catalogues and noticed that the growing trend for trout seems to be Kelly Galloup’s big meaty streamer technique. I have several of his patterns, but have never thrown them. They seem so bulky that they would be a pain to cast. So is got me to thinking about a sculpin colored seaducer for big trout. They are light, but push a lot of water. Below is one that I tied using grizzly hackle and a tungsten cone. What do you guys think, would this be an effective streamer?
In theory, the Seaducer style of fly “should” work for trout, especially using a sink-tip line on the swing. However, I have been unsuccessful in general with this style for trout. And that comes from lots of trial and error. On the other hand, they are killer for small mouth and shoal bass on my local river, the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta. Over the past two years I have abandoned the Seaducer style in favor of the Circus Peanut or Sex Dungeon articulated flies, which work much more predictably (and favorably) for trout in cold/moving water. Of course, it is always a go-to for bass on the ponds and lakes as you mentioned.
Nice fly by the way 🙂 Let us know if it works for trout in cold/moving water.
The Seaducer style catches a lot of shoal bass as shown below, but in my experience is not reliable for trout.
Mickey, I figured that you would like to know that I did end up tying a mess of seaducers, though at first I used cone heads but then I got the bright idea to use dumbell eyes. I am sure that this has been done before and the pattern has a name, but either way it allowed me to use the pattern on the bottom without hanging up or using a weed guard. I’ll post up some picts soon.