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
I’ve only been able to hit the creeks a couple times this year, but I’ve been developing this brownline nymph for the past couple seasons. In particular, I wanted this fly to target a specific river, but I’m finding that it has been producing a ton of resident rainbow trout on all the creeks I’ve fished. The thorax is a split thread loop wrapped like a soft hackle. This gives the fly a jacket of UV dubbing and the appearance of trapped gas. The brown body of the fly is contrasted with chartreuse ribbing and can be seen through the shroud of brown UV ice dubbing. I’ve used tungsten to help get this fly down deep and into the strike zone quickly. It’s a great little bead head fly for the small pocket water creek of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
Brownline Nymph fly pattern recipe
Hook: Firehole 516 #12-18 or another jig hook
Bead: Gold tungsten
Thread: Brown UTC 6/0 (140d)
Tail: Pardo CDL fibers
Ribbing: Chartreuse Ultrawire small
Body coat: Bone Dry U.V.
Thorax: Brown Ice Dubbing
The Cluster Maggot is a dream find for any hungry trout, panfish or carp on the hunt. It’s likely that one of the first baits you used as a kid was a maggot on a hook, so you know how effective the off-white morsels are for catching. Now multiply this into a larger snack pack of a dozen maggots and you’ve got a winner on your hands.
The fly is tied in a similar manner as the Crystal Meth steelhead fly and finished like the San Juan Worm with a softly touched flame to the tips of each strand of chenille. If you do choose to target carp, I recommend using a heavier nymph hook for the fly.
Cluster maggot Fly Pattern recipe
Hook: Firehole 419 #12-16 (or another dry fly hook)
Thread: Buttercup 6/0 (70d) (white or cream thread)
Body: White or cream Ultra chenille
Accent: Ice Dubbing Pearl UV (Golden Brown)