Malcolm's Scud

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Origin

The pattern was tied at the Ozark Fly Fishers General Membership meeting on October 22, 2009. The pattern was presented and tied by Malcolm Royse. Scuds are shrimp-like (Not really a shrimp) fresh-water crustaceans. They can occur in huge numbers in lakes and in slack water sections of rivers. When present, they offer trout a delicious morsel that is hard to resist.


Materials

Hook:
2457 or 200R, sizes 10-16
Thread:
To match body
Tails:
Marabou hen hackle fibers, or antron; color to match body.
Antenna:
Same as tail.
Carapace:
Scud back or spotted thin skin. Option: Strip of flashaboo under for accent.
Rib:
Clear monofilamenht, size 5X or 4X depending on the size of the fly.
Body:
Muscrat, Ostrich. Can use many other materials as long as it is buggy looking. Pick out body fibers to look like legs after tying.
Weight:
Optional: Use a bead or lead wire in a appropriate size for the hook.


Tying Instructions

  • Lay down a thread base, Wrap on some .002 lead wire. (6 to 8 turns is enough).Scuds should be lightly weighted either with lead under the body or with a bead head.
  • Tie in the ribbing and back material.
  • Dub body on thread and wrap to eye forming a tapered body on the thick side.
  • Bring back material over the top and secure by counter wrapping the rib, evenly spaced, to eye.
  • Finish head, whip finish and cement.
  • Pick out the dubbing to form legs and trip to shape.
  • Antenna and tails are optional; Marabou hen hackle fibers, or antron; See picture above.


Variations

Scuds should be lightly weighted either with lead under the body or with a beadhead. The 2457 hook is curved and represents a resting or drifting scud. The 200R hook is straight and is used for a swimming scud. Match your presentation to the hook style. Color choices: olive-gray, tan, pink, orange



How to Fish

In Streams, tail water and rivers, present the fly with the shallow nymph or wet fly swing presentations; remember, scuds are present in weedy, slow-water stretches. In lakes, use an intermediate line and a slow retrieve.