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How to Tie the Ray Charles Sowbug

The Ray Charles Sowbug has been around for at least a couple decades and is a staple on Western tailwaters, especially the Bighorn and the Missouri. There are tons of variations of the pattern, but all are very simple, featuring a body, a flashback, and a bright head. I found two explanations for the name: even a blind fish can see the fly because of the bright head, or even a blind fisherman could catch trout with this fly.

Video: How to Tie the Ray Charles Sowbug

In this video, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions walks you through each simple tying step, making them even easier by explaining exactly how to prepare and attach the ostrich herl for the best effect. Pay attention to the stem, people! The Ray Charles Sowbug has been around for at least a couple decades and is a staple on Western tailwaters, especially the Bighorn and the Missouri. There are tons of variations of the pattern, but all are very simple, featuring a body, a flashback, and a bright head. I found two explanations for the name: even a blind fish can see the fly because of the bright head, or even a blind fisherman could catch trout with this fly.

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