Unweighted scud

Some call them Bottom Dredgers. They are too often over shadowed by the dry fly, but have their place here.
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Roy
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Unweighted scud

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Image

For free drift sight fishing in a clear stream.

No lead is incorporated in the making of this bug-
had you worried there
:shock:

:D

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ewpeper
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Re: Unweighted scud

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Very elegant. I like that. And the shellback and rib is . . . ?

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Re: Unweighted scud

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Looks like epoxy. Very nice

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The shellback is a layer of beer can plastic over the back,
overlaid with a thick layer of Clear Cure Goo (light cure acrylic)
then rib with 5x olive monofilament over that layer;
then another thin layer of acrylic to keep the mono in place and secure all.

If you rib before applying the first thick layer of acrylic,
the rib disappears and the fly is also not so strong.

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Re: Unweighted scud

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Roy wrote:The shellback is a layer of beer can plastic over the back,
overlaid with a thick layer of Clear Cure Goo (light cure acrylic)
then rib with 5x olive monofilament over that layer;
then another thin layer of acrylic to keep the mono in place and secure all.

If you rib before applying the first thick layer of acrylic,
the rib disappears and the fly is also not so strong.
Thank you sir, very much.

Eric
A mountain is a fact -- a trout is a moment of beauty known only to men who seek them.
Al McClane in his Introduction to The Practical Fly Fisherman . . . often erroneously attributed to Arnold Gingrich

ted patlen
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Re: Unweighted scud

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yo,

unweighted sight fishing is a constant in one of the streams i frequent...very much fun...i can't take that long to tye a fly to fish with...it ain't in my blood (as you know)

so i've been using simple dubbed body of pale blue seals fur on red tying thread...been effective and i don'y care if i lose them

yo

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Just curious. Is there a time during the year when scuds mature and become more susceptible to trout than others? I usually drift scuds in between well known hatches especially during midsummer (now) and early fall. By the way the posted fly is a gorgeous pattern, perhaps one of the best ive seen for immitating scuds!
DB

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Re: Unweighted scud

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DB;

Glad to see you made it here! Welcome! :D :D

I've never used scuds myself cuz I don't think they're of major importance in as a food source in most of the rivers I fish in the Catskills, including the Neversink, Esopus, etc. and tribs. I was under the impression that scuds tend to thrive in slower moving waters, slightly warmer on average, so in PA, it makes sense to use them I guess. Are scuds mostly a summer pattern anyway?

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northcountryman wrote:Are scuds mostly a summer pattern anyway?
No. They're pretty much year round in limestone spring creek. (Which, BTW at this time of the year are probably a lot cooler than most Catskill streams.)

They are pretty much associated with weed beds, though.
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I forget what stream it was in the Catskills I was rooting around in, but I grabbed a bunch of weeds and pulled them and there were handfulls of scuds in there. Never would have thought that, but as Bob stated, they need vegetation. If your favorite freestone'er doesn't have weedy/grassy edges year round, chances are there wont be scuds there.

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