Scud Three Ways

Discussion in 'Fly Tying Step by Step / Video' started by Big E, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. Big E Moderator

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    I got this idea after watching a cooking show where the chef did beef three ways. Seems a lot of people have many various ways to tie this freshwater 'shrimp.' In 1975, Randall Kaufmann published a pattern which was described as plastic strip ribbed back scud, named Randall's Trout Shrimp. In 1977, Al Troth had a pattern published also with a ribbed plastic strip back named Scud. In this SBS, we will tie this stillwater crustacean three different ways, all with a rib and all with a gelatinous looking body.

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    Recipe:
    Hook: Daiichi 1120, size 10 to 14
    Tail (left to right): Hun, none, tan poly
    Body (left to right): Caddis Green Chewee Skin, Clear Scud Back over dubbing, Tan Scud Back over dubbing
    Rib (left to right): Mono, Orange Brassie Wire, Copper Brown Medium Wire
    Legs (left to right): White Ostrich Herl, Picked Dubbing, Hun

    We start this fly off by dressing the hook. Try and imagine a line from the eye to the point on the throat as a reference for the tail. The following three steps are the same for each fly.
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    Tie in some lead for weight and also to give this fly its shape.
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    Apply some super glue to the underside of the lead to help it stay in place.
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    Now for the tails and antenna. You can use pretty much anything you want that gives a nice mottling or darker color to the scud. Here I am using Hungarian Partrige fibers.
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    Alternatively, you can use poly as seen here or you could eliminate them all together.
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    For the ribbing you can use mono...
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    ...or wire.
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    Here I am tying ostrich herl to the underside of the fly. These will be the 'legs' of the scud.
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    Alternatively, you can tie a dubbing loop for addition of some hun fibers later on for legs.
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    For the leftmost fly, I am using Chewee Skin for a body. Clip the end to a point to help tying it in.
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    The other two flies I use Scud Back for the body. This will be drawn over the top of dubbing.
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    Wrap the Chewee Skin forward to form the body.
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    Or alternatively, dub a body. Here I have mixed tan, green, and orange to give me the color I want.
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    On the Chewee Scud, draw the ostrich herl forward.
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    Another way is to add Hun to the dubbing loop you made earlier.
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    Then tie the dubbing loop over the dubbed body.
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    And then draw your Scud Back over the top.
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    For the ribbing, take the mono and catch the ostrich herl while following the body segments. Try not to trap the fibers.
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    For the scud with just a dubbed body, take a bore cleaning brush and pick out the dubbing for legs.
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    Wrap the wire over the body to form the ribbing.
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    Pick out any trapped fibers and clean up.
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    You can color the clear skin in any manner you want. After coloring if you add SSHAN, it will mottle.
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    Trim the poly as well.
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    Sit back and admire your Scud Three Ways!
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    Enjoy!