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Rouse's J-Dub Sow Bug

Jamie Rouse, the 2007 Orvis-Endorsed Guide of the Year, developed his J-Dub Sow Bug while guiding on Arkansas' famed White and Little Red Rivers. Present in most tailwaters or slow-moving clear streams, sow bugs can constitute a large portion of a trout's diet, and typically live in streambed gravel. Sow bugs can be deadly when fished as a fly, and the J-Dub Sow Bug is one of the best patterns we've found. Sizes 14, 16.
Average Customer Rating:
4.75 out of 5
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8 of 8(100%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Rouse's J-Dub Sow Bug
Review 1 for Rouse's J-Dub Sow Bug
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Awesome!,
August 10, 2013
By: Umtiger66
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"Best sow bug for any tailwater and the little red river! Caught a nice 25" brown with this last winter. Don't leave home without it!!!"
Review 2 for Rouse's J-Dub Sow Bug
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3 / 5
3 / 5
Good,
June 17, 2013
By: Andrew4752
from Pittsburgh PA
"Nice bug, would be nice in smaller sizes down to 20. However,,,, if you want a cress bug that works,, use a Ed shenks cress bug!! I only fish spring creeks so ya, It didn't work, but maybe it will in a tailwater..."
Review 3 for Rouse's J-Dub Sow Bug
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
great fly,
November 14, 2012
By: 2flyfish4
from Texas
"this is an awesome sowbug fly, lease start offering this fly in grey as well."
Review 4 for Rouse's J-Dub Sow Bug
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Rouse's J-Dub Sow Bug,
May 10, 2011
By: GeneFK
from Omaha, NE
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"A few years ago I caught my largest Brown, a 23 1/2 incher with Jamie at the helm and one of his sow bugs on the end of my tippet. Turn over a branch in the Little Red and see what the trout are feasting on...is it alive, or is it one of Jamie Rouse's sow bugs? Thanks for a great experience, Jamie."
Review 5 for Rouse's J-Dub Sow Bug
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best Sow Bug Ever,
February 17, 2011
By: Chris245
"I have fished the tail waters of Arkansas my whole life and this is by far the best, most realistic sowbug that I have ever seen or used. I'll never use any other sowbug pattern."
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Review 6 for Rouse's J-Dub Sow Bug
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Arkansas fly,
January 31, 2011
By: bigbob
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
"Fished this fly in the #14 on January 28th in Arkansas and caught two 18 inch rainbows and a 22 inch brown. Truly a big trout's fly."
Ratings-Only Reviews for Rouse's J-Dub Sow Bug
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Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Would recommend? Yes 2 out of 2