Fly Friday #29 is by PRO-Team member Thomas Zullich!


The bullhead or sculpin - scientifically named «cottus gobbio» is a fresh water fish striving in cold, highly originated waters. They can be found in all sizes up to 16 cm, but mostly much smaller. The little fish lives on the bottom and sort of crawls & hovers above the ground as it does not have very well developed swim bladder like other fish. So tying them upside down is the answer to that quest.

It is amazing how aggressive trout react on that food source. Trout know that a sculpin is a bad swimmer and very unlikely to escape once spotted and chased. So showing a good imitation to the fish does pull them in, even from further away. A great search pattern. 
I like to tie them on PATRIOT double or single up eye hooks. As the fly is tied «upside - down» the up-eye becomes a down eye in the finished fly. The ones shown on the pictures sport a special tungsten head which is not commonly found in the shops. Don´t worry, you can use a heavy tungsten bead as well. It just does not look as appealing to fishermen, but the fish don´t care that much. The key is to present the fly deep with a slow retrieve.

Materials used: 

Hook: Partridge of Redditch Patriot Double or Single Up-Eye

Tail, body: fur zonker strip

Flippers: fur zonker strip, add a bit of flash if you like




















Thomas Züllich is a German flyfisher & flytier living in Norway. His flydressing is based on old traditions as well as very modern and innovative methods of creating flies. His focus lies in their practical usability as well as their durability. His flies should catch many fish before they break and still be fast and easy to tie - this must be the German craftsmanship shining through.