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Pattern Flashback Scud
Flashback Scud
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Category Nymphs
Entered Tue, 21 Sep 2004
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Hook: TMC 3761 #10-20 Thread: 6/0 Orange or to match body color Antennae: Orange dyed mallard flank or to match body Rib: 5X tippet material Flashback: Orange Ribbon Flash Body: Rusty Orange Haretron Dubbing or color of choice Eyes: Black Sharpie Marker
Pattern Description
Scuds, or freshwater shrimp, are an abundant food source in many tailwaters. Colorado's South Platte and Williams Fork Rivers both have prodigious populations and the fish feed heavily upon them. There are many ways to tie a scud. Some prefer patterns tied on curved style scud hooks, to better mimic the natural's curve, while others prefer straight shanks in the thinking that the straight posture imitates a scud that is swimming. Fish eat both patterns and I have some of my own thoughts on all this as well. The method I have devised and show here combines both schools of thought and creates a humped back scud on a straight hook. By doubling over the butts of the tailing material I am able to create a slight hump while preserving the gap of the hook. I also use a strip of flash ribbon for the shellback as I like the added attractiveness of the flash and the durability of the material. Scuds are most commonly found in shades of olive, tan, and gray when live and turn various shades of orange when dead. Feel free to substitute colors in the material selection to match your local fauna. I typically fish scuds on a dead drift with split shot and an indicator in moving water and with a small shot and twitching strip retrieve in stillwaters. Some of the most fun you can have is sight fishing a scud to a large cruising trout around weedlines in lakes. Twist up some scuds for you box and make a promise to yourself to try them this season.