Hareline tungsten scud bodies

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  1. Olive bugger

    Olive bugger Active Member

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    Does anyone use them in tying scud patterns? If so, what do you think of them?
    I have seen the hooks wrapped with lead strips to resemble the profile of a scud
    and I have seen video of the Hareline product used. Just wondering which would
    work best and be cost effective. Hareline products run about $0.60 each. I have no
    idea what the lead foil with adhesive runs.
     
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    Too expensive for me, I'll just keep on forming my own with lead substitute.
     
  3. Olive bugger

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    Yep, they are a bit pricy. Davie McPhail has a video on building io the
    profile with a lead sheet material but I have no idea where to get it or how well it would work for a hack like me. I also have never heard of
    using lead sutstitute. Where is it available?
     
  4. silvercreek

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    Get lead tape for tennis racquets or golf clubs

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  5. Olive bugger

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    I use them. They are great. Just get the small size or your fly will be too bulky. They are good because you don't have to use a bead so your pattern is more realistic. Alternatively you can get flat lead wire and wrap the hook shank although it's not as heavy. They sell it at performanceflies.com they have sweet czech nymphing leaders too.
     
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    This is the cheapest including shipping on ebay for lead tape if you don't have a sport store nearby. Good for the next 5 hours.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/GAMMA-LEAD-...339?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27d80a7c23

     
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    Fly Tying Specialties has lead and lead-free strips in a variety of sizes. You might want to think about lead-free stuff in whatever type you use. IMG_1722.jpg
     
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    I wrap my scuds with lead wire without much issue. For the Ford, I like my scuds to be very heavy so I wrap from bend to eye. If I want thinner wire I use a wine bottle and I role out the lead wire until its flat.
     
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    Thanks for all of the information, guys.
     
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    Don't they turn upside down with all that lead on top? Or do you hand it from an indicator?
     
  13. Alexander

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    I bought some, tied up some scud patterns - they sink like bricks.

    That said, I don't like tying with them, no real grab area for the tying thread. The grooves etc provided don't really work, well they do but with added effort.
     
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    "I bought some, tied up some scud patterns - they sink like bricks.

    That said, I don't like tying with them, no real grab area for the tying thread. The grooves etc provided don't really work, well they do but with added effort. "

    Rub some wax (beeswax) on the thread and/or the scud body... ;)
     
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    Ah, I'll try that next. I ended up dapping some head cement on there and wrapping thread over it. Once it got tacky it was alright, I little sticky but alright. :)
     
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    What's the "added effort"?
     
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    Yes they would

    Isn't that all the craze lately with the hook on top as in jig hooks
     
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    Yes, but then the scud does not swim right. I tried the jig hook with scuds for the Ford and they worked well, but I had to tie the scud backing on the under side of the hook, essentially tying the pattern upside down. When using the upside down approach with nymphs it doesn't seem to matter as much because most of those patterns are tied in a round.
     
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    Hold on, let me make you a fly tying video.
     
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    Whatever floats your boat!
     

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