This is my version of an olive scud. This sparsely-tied pattern was based on throat samples from a number of Rocky Ford fish last fall which revealed hundreds of gray-green scuds up to 3/4" long. Figuring the fish were keying on size, this pattern dispenses with tail, feelers and similar adornments from other scud patterns. Besides Rocky Ford, it also fishes well at other basin lakes, usually on a 9' or longer leader on a floating line.
It's tied on a size 8 to 12 TMC 2457 or 2487 hook weighted with a half dozen wraps of lead wire. Tie in a 4" hunk of clear mono and 2" piece of gray stretch scud back. Dub a fat body from Arizona Scud Blend in a mix of Olive and Gray Olive or Gray Tan colors. Pull the scud back forward to the eye, pull taut, tie off and trim. Wind the clear mono forward in even wraps to secure the scud back, tie off and whip finish. Use a bodkin or dubbing teaser to pick out the dubbing along the bottom to form 'legs'.