The Sculpin Helmet is an exciting, new style of Fish-Skull™ with a realistic, 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, it allows anglers to easily tie weighted streamers that fish deep and imitate these popular predator food sources. Comes in three sizes: Large, Small, and the new Mini (link). BUY NOW!
- Realistic flat and broad profile.
- Innovative front-fitting design makes it quick and easy to tie.
- Available in brown and olive natural colors, plus silver in the Mini size.
- Designed for streamers from #10 up to 2/0 hook size range.
- Heavily weighted keel lets you tie flies that swim hook-up.
- New style of front slot designed for hooks and tube flies.
Sculpin Helmet 2011 IFTD Award Winner
Sculpin Helmet Q&A:
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 various types of bottom-dwelling fish species such as sculpins, gobies, salamanders 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 many sizes are there now in the Sculpin Helmet family?
A: There are now 3 sizes; the new Mini, Small and Large sizes.
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 Mini weighs 0.55 grams (0.02 ounces) and is designed with a specially enlarged front slot to fit a wider range of hook sizes: typically in the #10, #8, #6, #4 or #2 size range. We recommend you use a minimum rod/line weight size of #4 and higher.
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 #5/6 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 #7/8 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 it’s 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 Mini is designed with a specially enlarged front slot to fit a wider range of hook sizes: typically in the #10, #8, #6, #4 or #2 size range. This increased flexibility in hook sizes allows the Mini to be used in a wide variety of freshwater and saltwater fly patterns.
The Small size is intended for streamers typically in the #6, #4, #2, #1 hook size range.
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.
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.
Steps: (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 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 Mini and Small sizes fit 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 Fish-Skull Living Eyes which eliminates the additional cost of buying eyes separately.
Q: What type of finish and colors are currently available?
A: Olive, Brown and Silver. We are using a special Matt (non-shiny) finish that is more appropriate for the type of shy, bottom-dwelling species we are trying to imitate. The special oxide coating gives an uneven, almost “blotchy” effect that has differing shades of color. For example, the brown color Sculpin Helmet is mostly a dark brown color, but will also reflect shades of black and tan at different angles giving a type of camouflage effect.
In the future, we will likely introduce some more colors such as silver or tan that will be more appropriate for saltwater flies. Think crab patterns for Permit!
Q: Where are the Sculpin Helmets made?
A: They are made at our factory in North Carolina, USA.