Posts Tagged ‘Scud pattern

22
Feb
12

Fly Tying & Fishing the Scud: To Do List

“This small crustacean is probably the most important of all organisms on which trout feed; particularly when hatches of fly larvae, pupae and terrestrials are not present.” Jack Shaw, Fly Fish the Trout Lakes, 1976.

There it is, one of those almost absolutes of fly fishing that’s plopped down before you. There is often the obligatory section in any pattern book or lake and river how to book about the Scud. But, given its prestige, it is often the fifth or sixth offering in a sequence of possible offerings…well, behind Mayfly, Caddis, Chironomids, Leeches, Stoneflies, Dragon flies, Damsels….way in the rear is the Scud with Ants, Beetles and Waterboatmen. Hmm? Not disputing the worth, just interesting.

For all the praise for Scuds, I do not fish them nearly enough. I have Scuds I tied in the late 70’s for the Crooked River…orange Scuds. I have maybe three dozen scuds, mostly grey green, some orange, some tan, and a few blue. Blue?

Yes, blue. Several years ago, I had been staying near Salmon Lake in B.C. I usually, wind permitting, fished the West end of the lake (C) where I would find plenty of size 14-16 grey-green Scuds. Up in the weeds, I would do well with Scuds as well as over in a back cove (C) (I came to call it Dead Moose Cove because of the remains there near shore). But, one evening I had to stay close to camp, so I put in at (A), a ramp and worked my way up toward (B). All along that shoreline were Bright Blue Scuds, almost electric in color. Did I have any blue Scuds? Of course not!

In the visits to follow, I had blue Scuds and they were reasonably successful in that A to B zone. 

A bit too tasseled on the end. But, a good Scud color.

 Scuds can be quite dense, akin to a Shrimp Feed at a Biloxi BBQ. They can be scattered at various depths in a lake and caught in the drift of streams. In a stream, normal nymphing techniques or Czech Nymphing are suitable. Actually, a Czech Nymph is quite suitable in smaller sizes for a Scud pattern (similar tying technique).

In lakes, the presentation is not the normal retrieve. A more jittery, nervous, fluttering movement is desired. I think, it is typical to many Mayfly and Chironomids that make that journey to the top in stages of up and down and up again movements. Not all critters make steady progress toward the surface and this same presentation would work for the Scuds.

So, one more thing to try to remember to use this Summer… “probably the most important of all organisms on which trout feed…” A Simple Scud (pics a bit fuzzy, but you will get the idea) &  More info about Scuds.

 

27
Nov
11

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

20
Mar
10

Fly Tying: Scud Pattern (Estaz Body & Angelina Hair)

I saw Jean Paul at Roughfisher.com was sharing his creative skills with dubbing and specifically Angelina. I recalled a few years back inserting Angelina here and there as suggestive of legs and antenna, whatever required movement. I tied this scud pattern with dark olive Estaz and cut up Angel Hair (Angelina) Size 12 hook, black wire ribbing, clear plastic shellback.

25
Feb
10

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.




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