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Fly Fishing: Scuds…hold the lemon

A must have producer for streams and stillwaters, the Scud (‘shrimp”) patterns an enticing morsel. Check the areas you fish for indications of this tasty morsel and tie accordingly in shades of green, grey, the obligatory orange, even blue. Simple to tie, this pattern has been around along time and lends itself to tying the Czech Nymph patterns (Scuds into Caddis Larva/Pupa patterns).

scud green has an excellent informational re scuds. On the appropriate rivers and streams, fish the pattern like any clinger/crawler nymph that inhabits the bottom and has been set adrift from the cobble bottom. Check out fishing Czech Nymph patterns and adopt much to the dredging techniques for all but the slowest of streams. Slower, weedier waters are usually a much more vertical, precise presentation.

For those of you that have Shrimp & Lemon on the mind…here are many mouth watering recipes.


Fly Tying: Busy Movements

This pattern could be a scud or czech style nymph. With the trailing material is falls away from the established profiles. It could be explained as a ‘trailing shuck’ higher in the water column. But, maybe it doesn’t need any excuses. The excess materials have movement and colors to entice and provoke….hopefully. Experimenting with the depth and presentation may prove this ‘mistake’ to be successful. Part of the fun of tying is just experimenting.


Fly Tying: Basic Scud-Nymph Tutorial

This is a good, basic tutorial on how to tie a Scud pattern, best used in rivers. A lighter version would be suitable for lakes. In time, you will select color combinations (green, tan, orange) that provide variety. This basic pattern style had potential for Caddis Pupa/Czech Nymph variations, as well.

Grau Scud Nymphe (Angeltechniken)

 A Grey Scud/Nymph Pattern Tutorial at Angeltechniken


Fly Tying: Underlying flash ribbing (Cz. Nymph)

Czech Mate Caddis Nymph (Orvis)

Czech Nymph

The above two Czech Nymphs are pretty much identical except for one small ribbing/flash detail you may want to incorporate….note the sub ribbing on the top pattern. It is often seen on many or the original Czech Nymphs. It is one of two ribbings, one flashier and one that goes over the top to tie down the back strap. The second rib, you will see is wrapped up between the underlying rib. Also, note with the top pattern there is an added factor, a tungsten bead, up in the thorax area, tucked amongst the dubbing. Two ways to tie much the same pattern, both fish catchers. Remember presentation of the fly is as important as the fly pattern. 


Fly Tying: Czech Nymph or Scud Pattern

Czech Nymph, Scud, Pupa, Larva Imitation~SwittersB

A great beginner’s pattern and it will catch fish world wide. Most often considered a Czech Nymph, mine is slightly different in that I don’t include an under-ribbing (see GFF tutorial). It seems to get lost for me, so I stay with the more traditional scud tie of a single ribbing over the shellback.

The hook is a large scud/pupa hook: size 12 (this can be tied large (8) to small (16)). The thread here is 8/0 tan. The ribbing is tied in first at the bend. The ribbing is 4# clear mono. A tan scud shellback is then tied in at the same spot as the wire ribbing. Both the ribbing and shellback are allowed to hang to the rear. The abdomen material is tan rabbit fur, which I twist/dubbed onto the thread. I then wrapped the tan dubbing up the shank 2/3’s of the way. Then I dubbed with a blend of a little peacock Ice Dub and green rabbit fur for the thorax area and made it slightly thicker than the abdomen. Note many Czech Nymphs are usually uniform in thickness rear to front. Then I gently pulled the shellback over the top of the abdomen/thorax out over the hook eye to impart a little stretch (don’t pull too tight and snap the shellback). Tie off the shellback with your off hand and cut off the excess. Make sure the thread wraps are tight enough to secure the shellback. Now wrap the ribbing up the body in equidistant turns and tie it off at the head. Then form a nice thread head and finish.

There are a multitude of color combinations. I did not weight this pattern, but it is normally heavily weighted and fished as a dredging pattern…short line and dredged along setting on any bump. I have posted several earlier posts about Cz Nymphing. Search upper right for all kinds of info…also look at the Vladi Worm for an interesting pattern that will challenge your materials securing skills.


Czech or Polish or Caddis Larva (The Attractive Curved Shank Hook)



I like to tie in the plastic over lay at the rear and pull it forward and tie off behind the eye of the hook. I have never adapted to ribbing front to rear for this pattern or like the Elk Hair Caddis, which you sometimes see ribbed front to rear. Aside from that, this is a dandy little pattern in all sizes (a good range is size 6 to size 18, but mostly sizes 10-16). Mix up your colors and try hot colors too. Re Czech Nymphing…I posted quite a bit about it last year….query the search box for more info.

All The Right Curves


bend n hook


Fly Tying…the Dredging Pupa (Chuck and You Better Duck)

The pattern is a heavily weighted and meant for lobbing and dredging on a short, controlled drift..ala Czech Nymphing. The fly possesses all the weight required to sink to the bottom of any deep drift. I did not weight the hook, but instead bought hooks with molded lead (they come with titanium also, I believe). Such hooks are available in Europe and the U.S. You could try wrapping lead and concocting your own. I found the hooks at one of those yearly outdoor shows via Fly Tying Specialties.

I tied a few patterns with the weighted hooks. Of note are the bodies made of wrapped latex rubber strips and the dubbed thorax with dark deer hair. Jeff Morgan, an excellent tier, first showed me the dubbed deer hair thorax. I seldom see it used. The pieces of cut deer hair can be twisted onto the thread (not easy) or placed between the dubbing loop and spun (easier). Don’t over do the amount of deer hair. A dark permanent marker was used to touch up the thorax area to give a two tone appearance.


The above hook was covered with a fly pattern but I cut it away to expose the weighted underbody. I knicked the rear a bit with the scissors. Below are a few of the flies I tied using this style of weighted hook.




My lighting was off for these pics. So not as crisp as I would have liked….but you get the idea and I think see the value of the deer hair thorax.


Czech Nymph: Tying The Rhyacophila Larva (Oliver Edwards) (great site, leads to Oliver Edwards tutorial re CZN Caddis Pupa pattern) (Read!)


Czech Nymphs by Switters B


Czech Nymph:

Hook: Size 12 Scud/Pupa Hook (perhaps a little big but the size and style of most Czech Nymphs)

Thread: Wine, 8/0

Ribbing: 4# Clear Mono

Weight: Tungsten/Lead wire wrapped up shank.

Underbody: Fine dubbing/Kudra fur (you choose clean non-spiked or with guard hairs)

Shellback: Any foilback or plastic pre-cut or cut narrow.

Thorax: Any dark spikey dubbing. Here, I used a dubbing brush from Angling Specialties/Calif.

You know the routine: wrap thread base, wrap lead on and cover with thread, tie in ribbing and foilback, dub abdomen, pull foilback/shellback over dubbed abdomen, wrap ribbing to thorax (keep foilback on top as your rib), keep thorax area thicker than abdomen, pull remaining foilback over to hook eye and secure, a touch of dark permanent marker to foilback over thorax (optional), finish thread head.

The name Czech Nymph seems to overshadow the Caddis Pupa or Scud qualities. Rhyacophyla, Scuds or any sizeable nymph are easily represented by these edible morsels. As I said above in the pattern, the only part that varies is the dubbing you decide to use for the abdomen. Do you want it non-spikey or spikey. It does affect the nymph or scud look. I believe if you click on the pic you can enlarge and zoom to get the details. Please query Czech (CZN) in the search box, upper right, as I have numerous (20+), excellent postings re Czech Nymphing and related links. Search On! Good luck!!


Czech Nymph Technique by Steen Ellemose (Denmark)

From Steen Ellemose (Denmark)


I accidently found your website with one of my flies on it.
I would like to add a comment. The particular fly is very heavy leaded. It is designed to sink deep into the holes of my local river (Grindsted in Denmark) where we can see the graylings shoal in small groups. Often the riverbottom falls some 3 feet in the same distance, and the overall depth in the holes are easy 5-6 feet. Thus you need a heavy fly when your drift is only 6-10 feet.
Thus the fly is not a typical Czech fly. I do also have the slim type in my box.
I would categorize this fly as a “bug”.

Tight lines
Steen Ellemose


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