The Flashback Seal scud has gone through a lot of changes in my flybox over the years. I’ve added the UV coating over the back flash as well as using a multicolored dubbing blend rather than a monotone one. It is in spring and fall when the scuds are at their peak populations in ponds and lakes. There are 2 main families of scuds fly tyers and anglers need to be aware of, the larger gammerus and the smaller hylella. Gammerus scuds can be in the size 8-12 range while the hylella scuds tend to grow into sizes 14-18.
I hand blend the dubbing for this fly using olives, brown, and a touch of claret. I like the mix of color better than a straight monotone budding. You can blend up larger quantities to use later if you wish. For larger batches, I recommend using a couple of pet grooming tools to mix up larger batches and store them in a small sealable bag marked with the ratios you used. If you do not have legal access to seal dubbing, you can try a coarse dubbing like Simi seal, Antron or trilobal synthetics. If you want to, you can add the orange spot to the midsection of the scud. this orange spot represents either an Acanthocephalan parasite or a pregnant scud. These orange spots may be a trigger for trout to pick a scud out of the pack.
Flashback Seal Scud Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Scud hook like Firehole 315 #10-16
Weight: 0.025 lead or no-lead wire
Thread: Olive 8/0 (70 denier)
Tail: 8 strands crystal flash
Shellback: Pearl Flashabou (10) and UV Flex
Ribbing: Gold wire
Body: Seal dubbing Olive, brown, claret blend or Antron or Simi seal
The HMG Scud is one of the best scud patterns I’ve seen in a while. I love fishing still waters with scud patterns, especially in the early spring and fall. I’ve collected plenty of scuds from lakes to study, and the look of this scud looks quite realistic without too much fuss. The HMG Scud uses white and clear materials with the marker giving the fly color. The glue is applied with what looks like a wood burning tip dipped in a hot glue stick. You’ll need a steady hand in order to apply the glue, and I’m sure that you might need a few flies to practice with before you get one that doesn’t get singed. Segmentation for the scud is achieved by simply pressing mono line into the back, but not so hard as it goes through the glue. The eyes look great on the fly and really tie the pattern together.
HMG Scud Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Scud #12-18 Tiemco 2457
Thread: 6/0 White
Antennae: Pearl crystal flash
Legs: Long white synthetic dubbing colored with copic pen
Shellback: Hot melt glue hi-temp
Eyes: Black fabric paint
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This is a bright fly that Hans says works well for spring fishing on waters such as the bighorn. It’s a pretty simple pattern to tie, and because of the color, I would be putting a few into my Grayling arsenal as well. Hans ties it up with pink, tan, or gray body using Sow Scud dubbing, a hot bead and a sturdy scud hook like the Mustad C49S.
Hook: Curved shank scud
Bead: Hot orange brass / tungsten
Thread: Hot pink
Dubbing: Pink Sow Scud dubbing
Hackle: Dun hen feather