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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Freshwater Scud

"Freshwater Scud" written and tied by YellowStoneFly at Idaho Fly Fishers blog. This fly is very effective. Extremely easy to tie and can be done in assorted colors. I personally like tan with pearl krystal flash because I believe the fish often think this is a caddis or perhaps even a freshwater shrimp. It does look very inviting as the finished product.

Wrap tan thread back to beginning of curve.

Now, wrap krystal flash onto hook to middle of shank.

Wrap tan dubbing onto thread.

Wrap dubbing onto the hook as shown.

Swing krystal flash forward and wrap on hook @ eye.

Tie off with half hitches and apply head cement (Optional)

With tweasers pull down a few strand of dubbing for legs.

Finished scud!
I was actually fishing once on the White River in Arkansas, which is a beautiful river. Approximately 5 miles below the mouth of the Norfork River, my friends and I noticed a terrible stench! It happened to be a cow which had drowned about a month before when the flood gates were opened. The animal's carcus had begun to decompose and the flies had invaded the corpse. Maggots were dropping off in droves. Trout were stacked up for at least a mile downstream from the cow and throwing a light colored scud into the current just below would produce a hookup almost every cast. My point is do not go drown a cow, but rather the scud may also be confused as a maggot by a trout.

Scud patterns also do well for Idaho fly fishing. Try them. They are easy to tie. Come fly fish Idaho soon! Don't forget to tie up some scuds and bring them along just in case you run across a drowned cow.

Good Idaho fly fishing,

The Idaho Angler (IdahoAngler@live.com)

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