As our friends Brian and Phil, stillwater masters and the men behind the Stillwater Fly Fishing app (check it out!), will tell you, chironomids are candy to stillwater trout. So for this #FRIDAYFLYTYING, we’re wrapping up an easy pattern that’s a necessary one for the stillwater box!
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 tie the Pyramid Lake Woolly Worm a little bit different from the ones from Jan Nemec, but they are essentially the same pattern. The chartreuse and black variation are referred to as the Northern Lights color. It’s a good choice for fishing water where the clarity isn’t optimal. You get a pop of color and a great looking silhouette streaming through the water.
This simple fly comes from BC fly tyer Jack Simpson. The fly is really quite simple but has given Jack one memorable day back in 2009, helping him land an 18 lb rainbow trout.
The fly uses silver lined glass seed beads. Use the larger size 8/0 beads for sizes 8-10 and 10/0 for smaller hook sizes.
Fish this fly from late fall to early spring, just after ice off. The fly fishes well over weed beds and along reeds near shore. It is also a good choice for an ice fishing fly.
Root Beer Leech Fly pattern recipe
Hook: C53s #8-14
Thread: 6/0 Camel brown
Head: Red glass seed bead
Body: Rootbeer glass seed beads (4-5)
Tail: Marabou (black, brown and burnt orange)
Glue: hard as nails or Solarez