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This is my scud. There are many like it, but this one is mine - You know the drill. Everyone has a favorite and this one is mine. I cannot begin to estimate how many fish I have caught on scuds over the years. Needless to say, here in Missouri the scud is the mainstay of most trout's diet. They are in the water 24/7 - 365 days a year, and provide an abundant, accessible, rich food source. This is one of my "go to" flies.
--- Mike Ott, Ozark Fly Fishers, St. Louis, MO.
|Hook:||Dai Riki 135 Size 14 - 20 (also Mustad 3906, TMC 2457 or 2487)|
|Thread:||8/0 Gray, Red or Orange (Color code by weight)|
|Weight:||Lead or Lead-free wire appropriately sized to hook|
|Body Dubbing:||Gray Muskrat with Antron or Sow-Scud Light Sowbug|
|Ribbing:||5X Tippet or other mono (Smaller on smaller sizes)|
|Tail:||Mallard Flank or Partridge|
|Shell Back:||Strip of clear heavy plastic bag|