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|Bead Head Pearly Scud, Olive||Perfect Scud, Gray/Olive|
|Bead Head Pearly Scud, Pink||Scud, Gray/Olive|
|Bead Head Pearly Scud, Tan||Scud, Orange|
|These beautiful pen & ink illustrations of Scuds are from Guide To Aquatic Trout Foods by Dave Whitlock, one of our favorite books.|
Scuds are small, even tiny,
light-colored crustaceans of the amphipod group. They are translucent,
free swimming, shrimp-like animals that are an important part of fish
food-chain where ever they are found. Scuds are flattened
laterally, and have many legs and appendages. They are active and
available nearly year round. Different subspecies, different colors
and sizes can inhabit the same habitat at the same time. Sizes range
from #18 to #8, or from 3/16" to 3/4". Scuds are
most often found in alkaline/basic lakes and streams. In water
containing Scuds, fish grow quickly and often support dense populations of trout, pan fish
and/or bass. In water where they occur, Scuds are a much sought after food
source for all those species. Scuds seem to be able to swim in nearly any position, including: right side up, up side
down, side ways, back ward and forward. They most often swim on there
sides and can move rapidly when startled. They are comparatively easy to
represent with sunk flies that are either dead drifted or retrieved, depending on
the conditions. Scuds come in a variety of colors but the most common
are gray/olive or tan. When scuds molt or die
they turn orange or pink. Often Scud
that are tied in intensified colors will catch more fish than flies that
are more realistic colors. This is particularly true when water
temperatures are cold or the water is off-color. A floating, neutral color fly
line equipped with a 10'-12' 4X leader is often the best combination for
presenting scud patterns in both moving and still water. Bead-head
patterns can be advantageous in both lakes and streams. Lake
patterns are usually unweighted. Vary the leader length with the
change of depths of water encountered. Longer leaders work best in
deeper water. Use a 9' leader for 2'-3' deep water, 12'
leader for 4'-5' deep water and 15' leader for 6'-8' deep water. Be
sure that your leader is well straightened and both your fly and leader
treated with a sinking agent such as
Xink. Cast your fly and leader a short
distance and observe it's sink rate. Count slowly until your fly
sinks 1'. Repeat this experiment several times until you are sure of your
accuracy. Now cast your fly to fishing range and count your fly down
to fishing depth before you start to retrieve. Remember, your task
is to make the fly look as life-like as possible while leaving it in the
strike-zone for the longest period of time. The best retrieves are
usually a combination of hand-twist with an occasional burst of 3-5, 3"-5"
short fast twitches and the a brief rest, and then repeat the sequence.
For fishing deeper water both Intermediate and Sinking fly lines are
appropriate. Strikes are more often a slow draw than a sharp rap, but be prepared for
Here are some great Scud pictures.
Bead Head Pearly
A swimming Scud pattern. Can be fished in both lakes and streams. The flashy pearlescent back allows fish to see the fly from further away.
|02112-14||Bead Head Pearly Scud, Olive||14||3 for $5.85|
|02112-16||Bead Head Pearly Scud, Olive||16||3 for $5.85|
Bead Head Pearly
Try this highly visible fly when the water is off-color. Is also effective during cold water periods.
|02113-14||Bead Head Pearly Scud, Pink||14||3 for $5.85|
Bead Head Pearly
Seems most effective over light colored bottoms.
|02121-14||Bead Head Pearly Scud, Tan||14||3 for $5.85|
One of the most effective "resting" Scud imitations. Fish fish this fly very slowly in a lake. This fly is lightweight so the sink-rate is comparatively slow. This is not only an advantage very shallow water, but at any depth were a
|very slow movement is needed. Perfect Scuds are also very effective when fished dead-drift in rivers. During this activity, split shot might be added to the leader. These flies look very life like.|
|99327-14||Perfect Scud, Gray/Olive||14||3 for $5.85|
|99327-16||Perfect Scud, Gray/Olive||16||3 for $5.85|
This is still the most popular "Old Stand-by". A mixture of multicolored animal hair dubbing and very sparse Mylar flash gives this fly very life-like looks and movements. Also the sink rate is about right for many situations. The "Scud, Gray/Olive" has been changed very little since 1984.
|12300-08||Scud, Gray/Olive||8||3 for $5.85|
|12300-10||Scud, Gray/Olive||10||3 for $5.85|
|12300-12||Scud, Gray/Olive||12||3 for $5.85|
|12300-14||Scud, Gray/Olive||14||3 for $5.85|
|12300-16||Scud, Gray/Olive||16||3 for $5.85|
|12300-18||Scud, Gray/Olive||18||3 for $5.85|
When Scuds molt or die they turn orange color. With this pattern the color is slightly intensified and even though it looks garish, it has proven to be a consistent producer. If it looks too bright for you, color it lightly with a brown felt marker.
|12310-08||Scud, Orange||8||3 for $5.85|
|12310-10||Scud, Orange||10||3 for $5.85|
|12310-12||Scud, Orange||12||3 for $5.85|
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