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Tucker Scud


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Pattern Description
The Tucker Scud was invented (and patented) by Mike Tucker of Liquid Filled Fly Fame. I tied flies commercially for Mike for several years when I was in high school. He was an incredibly talented tyer who was a little ahead of his time and really helped to get the synthetic tying revolution started. The Tucker Scud utilizes the old Potts weave made famous in the Mite series of flies. This technique makes an incredibly realistic scud and is really a pretty fast tie once you master this simple weave. The entire fly is made up of the Potts Weave, which is also featured a little more in depth on the Eastern European Woven Grub found here: http://www.charliesflyboxinc.com/flybox/details.cfm?parentID=91 I think you'll find this a fun pattern to tie and the results are quite striking&the fish even eat them now and again too!
Materials Needed:

Hook: TMC 2457 #12-18 Thread: 70 Denier, white...................... Antennae: Dyed Mallard Flank fibers, to match body color............................... Shell: Micro-Tubing, color to match natural............... Legs: Ostrich Herl, color to match natural............ Extras: marker to match body color and black marker for eyes
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Place the hook in the vise and start the thread just behind the eye. Wrap a thread base back to the bend of the hook. charlie's flybox
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Peel a sparse clump of Mallard flank from the feather and tear the ends off with your thumbnail so they are even, but still a little bit ragged. Measure this clump to half a shank length long. charlie's flybox
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Tie the mallard flank clump in at the bend of the hook and wrap forward over the butt ends to just behind the eye. Clip the excess mallard flank flush against the shank. charlie's flybox
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Cut a piece of Micro-Tubing at a long angle as shown. charlie's flybox
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Tie this piece of tubing onto the top of the shank by the pointed end with the cut side down. charlie's flybox
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Stretch the tubing slightly as you wrap back over it to the base of the tail. Be sure to keep the tubing along the top of the shank as you wrap. charlie's flybox
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Select two ostrich herls that have bushy fibers. You want the longest fibers you can get, particularly on larger flies to better assimilate the scuds legs. Peel the fibers from the base of the herls with your thumbnail. charlie's flybox
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Tie the herls in at the base of the tail on the underside of the hook shank by the stripped ends. charlie's flybox
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Now, spend about ten minutes building a smoothly tapered, elongated football shaped underbody. The underbody should be smooth and seamless as shown here. Once you have completed a nice underbody, bring the thread to just behind the eye and tie a whip finish. Do not clip the thread. charlie's flybox
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Alright, get ready&here comes the weave! Make one turn of tubing over the top of the hook right in front of the tail. Pull the tubing taut, but dont stretch it too much. charlie's flybox
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Bring the ostrich toward the eye of the hook and under the tubing. This is the first part of our mantra: UNDER... charlie's flybox
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Bring the ostrich OVER the tubing and pull it toward the rear of the hook. OVER... charlie's flybox
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Now, Pull the ostrich DOWN and the tubing up. You have just wrapped the ostrich around the tubing. Under, Over and Down...repeat this as you go. Once you have the tubing pulled upright above the hook shank, drop it tightly over the hook so the next wrap of tubing is butted up to the previous wrap of tubing. charlie's flybox
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Repeat the above process as many times as needed to get up to the eye of the hook. I could have taken photos of each wrap, but that would just be silly...theyre all the SAME! charlie's flybox
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When you reach the hook eye with the weave, tie the tubing off with a few very firm wraps of thread. charlie's flybox
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Clip the tubing and form a small thread head that is the same diameter as the tubing body at the front end. Pull on the ostrich herls to break them off. There is no need to tie off the ostrich herls as they are tightly woven into the body and skipping the tie down helps to lessen any bulk at the head. charlie's flybox
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Color the white thread head with a body-color matching marker, in this case, tan. Use a Black Sharpie Marker with a fine tip to dot a small eye on each side at the bend of the hook. Who could argue with eyes when theyre this easy? charlie's flybox
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Done! charlie's flybox
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