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Crystal Scud

tied by navigator36
Fly Type: General Freshwater,
Target Species: Trout,
Recommended Region: Western Canada,
Imitation: Shrimp/Prawns,
Material List:
Size 12-8 heavy wire scud or nymph hook with or without curved shank.
Size 6/0 tan thread
Crystal or micro crystal hair in any light brown color.
Stretch Magic bead cord 1.8mm ( from Michael's craft store or Walmart ).
Lots of flexible cement.
Tying Instructions: Tie in some crystal hair at the hook bend curving downwards for the tail. Then wrap thread three quarters up the hook shank and cement.
Tie in a piece of clear stretch cord two thirds the way up from the eye.
Wrap the thread continuously over the first layer of cord back to the tail and back again to the front of cord.
Cement and let sit.
Then pinch the cord up from the hook curve forward
so it's resting on top of the now thread wrapped cord underneath.
Begin a first wrap and wrap in segments all the way towards the tail end.
Wrap back once again wrapping on top of the first segments of thread wrap to the front.
Cut the end of the cord at front tapering the cut
and bring top cord over bottom cord.
Tie down at hook eye and add crystal hair underneath to simulate legs.
Trim crystal hair and varnish the body and the head well. Let dry and varnish again.
This fly has a big head when it's done.
This fly, even though you have one stretch cord over another, will not buckle. It's tough.
Sorry for the instructions but it's difficult to explain.
Presentation Tips: I always wanted to design a scud imitation that is as flat as the real thing.
This pattern is as flat as a pancake and has the tall, flat shape of a real scud. I'm still working on a way to make the top half of it a transparent tan color as it is completely clear. Maybe a tan marker to color the top sides before it is varnished.
It works very well when fished deep across weed beds and around any structure the same way you
would fish any other gammarus imitation.

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