Sculpins make up a large part of the diet for trout in our neck of the woods. They’re also available all season long which means if you’re not sure what to tie on, a solid sculpin imitation is probably a safe bet.
While they work well in western Alaska, sculpins are also one the most abundant forage fish for large predatory trout in rivers all over the world, so odds are they work really well on your rivers too!
There are a lot of great sculpin imitations out there, but one of our all around favorites is the Sculpzilla. With it’s combination of weight, action, and moderate profile, the Sculpzilla fishes well whether swung, stripped, or just about any way you can think to fish it. It’s also tied in articulated fashion which not only means it moves really well in the water, but it fights big fish really well too. We think it’s one of the most productive sculpin patterns out there, and today we show you how to tie it.