The Flymen Fishing Company Sculpin Helmet has a flat and broad profile that imitates common bottom-dwelling fish species such as sculpins, gobies and baby catfish. Designed for use on both hook and tube flies allowing anglers to easily tie weighted streamers that fish deep and imitate these popular food sources. These helmets go well with Tiger Barred Rabbit Strips (Hareline Tiger Barred Rabbit Strips- 1/4" Magnum). Package of 6.
-Realistic flat and broad profile.
-Innovative front-fitting design makes it quick and easy to tie.
-Available in Brown, Olive and Black natural colors.
-Small and Large sizes for streamers in the #6 up to 2/0 hook size range.
-Designed with a heavily weighted keel (bottom of the Sculpin Helmet) that lets you tie flies that swim in the hook-up position.
-New style of front slot designed for hooks and tube flies.
Questions and Answers:
Q: What is the main differences between the new Fish-Skull Sculpin Head and the Fish-Skull Baitfish Head?
A: The Sculpin Helmet has a very different profile (flat and broad), it is specifically designed to fish deeper in the water column and can be used for both hook and tube flies.
Q: Tell me more about the profile?
A: The Sculpin Helmet was designed with a realistic, flat and broad profile to imitate the various types of bottom-dwelling fish species such as sculpins, gobies and baby catfish. This profile is very different to the Fish-Skull baitfish head which has a typical minnow or baitfish shape. Fly fishermen now have more options to create streamer flies that are more targeted and species specific.
Q: How heavy is the Sculpin Helmet?
A: We have deliberately made the Sculpin Helmet significantly heavier than the Fish-Skull so that it will sink quickly in fast moving rivers and fish deeper near the bottom where Sculpins typically live. There are two sizes (Small and Large) intended to cover streamer sizes ranging from about a #6 hook size up to about 2/0.
The SMALL SIZE weighs 1.38 grams ( 0.05 ounces) and is intended for streamers typically in the #6, #4, #2, #1 hook size range. We recommend you use a minimum Rod/Line weight size #6/7 and higher.
The LARGE SIZE weighs 2.98 grams ( 0.10 ounces) and is intended for large, heavily weighted streamers in the #2, #1, 1/0, 2/0 hook size range. We recommend you use a minimum Rod/Line weight size #8/9 and higher.
Q: What is the Keel?
A: Flies tied with the Sculpin Helmet are designed to fish deep with the hook riding in the Hook Up position to avoid getting caught on the bottom. Therefore, the Sculpin helmet is made so that 70% of its weight and the Center-of-Gravity is situated below the shank of the hook. This heavily weight Keel or bottom gives a dumbell effect to the fly which means it will always ride in the hook up position and track straight.
Q: What hooks types and sizes do you recommend?
A: Most standard down-eye or straight-eye Streamer (3XL, 4XL) or Bass-bug style Stinger hooks with a wide gap will work very well. The front slot of the Sculpin Helmet has been made wide enough so that there should be no issue with large hook eyes not fitting. The SMALL SIZE is intended for streamers typically in the #6, #4, #2, #1 hook size range and the LARGE SIZE is intended for streamers in the #2, #1, 1/0, 2/0 hook size range. You will need to experiment to find the best hook size/fly length/helmet size ratio for your needs.<br.
Q: Is the tying method the same as the Fish-Skull?
A: Yes. The basic method of tying is exactly the same i.e. tie in all your materials first and fit the Sculpin Helmet last from the front of the fly.
(i) Start by building your fly by tying-in all the tail, body and wing materials. Wrap a small thread-head and tie off your thread. Make sure you leave a generous gap between your thread-head and the eye of the hook to have room to fit the Sculpin Helmet. (ii) Coat your thread wraps lightly with some Zap-A-Gap or similar super glue and then fit the Sculpin Helmet from the front of the fly. Position in place and make any final adjustments to your materials. (iii) Then re-attach your tying thread between the Sculpin Helmet and the eye of the hook and carefully wrap a neat thread-dam to lock the Helmet firmly in place. Tie-off and cement the thread wraps (iv) Finish off the fly by sticking on the 3D eyes.
Q: Can I use the Sculpin Helmet for tube flies?
A: Yes! The front slot has been designed so that both hooks and tube flies can be tied. The SMALL SIZE fits a 3/32″ (2.4mm) diameter tube and the Large Size fits a 1/8″ (3.2mm) diameter tube.
Q: What do I get in each pack of Sculpin Helmets?
A: You get 8 Sculpin Helmets and we also include a full set of 3D eyes which eliminates the additional cost of buying eyes separately.
Q: What colors are currently available?
A: Olive and Brown.