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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:
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8 of 9(89%)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
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1 / 5
1 / 5
sow bug,
March 26, 2015
By: browntrout1961
"Does not look like the picture on site is made out of the country, it is hard to believe that jamie had this in mind when he developed this fly, used on little red with no results. caught alot of fish this day but none on this fly."
Review 2 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 3 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 4 for Rouse's J-Dub Sow Bug
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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 5 for Rouse's J-Dub Sow Bug
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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 6 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 7 for Rouse's J-Dub Sow Bug
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Arkansas fly,
January 31, 2011
By: bigbob
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5 / 5
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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