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Fly tying instruction, Scuds

How to tie scuds

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Scuds are neither flies nor nymphs, but they fall into the category of crustaceans. Between November and March, scuds may bring about pleasant surprises. An absolute MUST for eyery flybox, here you will find a fly tying instruction for scuds by Wolfgang Fabisch.

1. First, after applying a little superglue, wrap your hook shank with lead wire. The second layer of lead should leave about five turns of the first layer exposed at both ends.

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2. Now you wrap hook-shank and lead with your tying thread.

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3. Next you tie in your materials near the rear end of the hook-shank. As a rule, you tie in first what you intend to use last. So here, tie in first the ribbing wire, then a strip of latex approximately 4mm (.16 inches) wide.

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4. As last item, tied in a hackle , which you need it to build the legs.

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5. Now split your thread with a needle, insert a little dubbing, and twist.

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6. Then hide your lead wraps under the dubbing.

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7. Next take your hackle and wrap it in four to five turns to the hook eye.

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8. Clip your hackle and dubbing on the top side of your scud.

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9. Now fold your latex strip forward and tie it down right behind the eye. Take care to avoid too much tension on the latex!

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10. Next, rib your fly with the wire you have tied in. Five wraps should do it. Tie down wire and clip it.

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11. If you prefer, you may now color your thread to your liking, and make a whip-finish.

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12. Don´t cut the remaining latex flush with the hook eye! Instead fold it as shown on the photograph and pull it lightly, than make a slanted cut from the hook towards your fingers.

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13. This way you get a nice tail extending beyound the hook eye.

Enjoy!  Wolfgang Fabisch

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