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Tying The Sowscud
For the fly fisherman they form a very important part so far as the artificial is concerned, and also will enable many fish to be caught. Fly fishers generally refer to the fishing of such flies under the generic term of nymph fishing though this, of course, is not true in this case as scuds and sows are not nymphs. There are many fly patterns that exist that represent both scuds and sows but many more so in the case of the scud.
The naturals do vary in coloration and also size, overall shades in the light tan to tones of olive and olive gray will cover most needs if you want to represent a natural. No scuds contain the elements of bead heads and other fancy colors that are sometimes used, but as we know they will catch fish at times.
The White River system here in Arkansas has a massive population of both species and in consequence form a staple diet for the trout in the system. It makes sense to fish such artificial to catch those fish.
I am going to give you, for this month, a fly pattern that will work for both scuds and sows. Fish will not choose one over the other. If both species are found in the same body of water then the fish will eat them accordingly as they are found. This pattern essentially represents both. Overall the majority of scuds and sows will be of a olive/gray coloration and the basis for this fly represents that factor.
So far as hooks are concerned, it is
popular to use curved bend hooks for scuds. The only real advantage is that a curved hook
is less likely to hook up on the river bed. So far as the fish's eye is concerned l have
yet to be convinced that it makes any difference, and l doubt that l ever will. Out of
choice l use a regular straight shank of a given size and weight. Hook sizes between sizes
12 to 16 for scuds and 14 to 18 for sows.
For the tail I use some of the fiber found on the feather from a jungle cock neck but if you do not have those available then a dark shade of grizzle or dun hackle fiber will work. After the tail has been tied in, tie in at the tail end of the fly the material you have chosen for the rib of the fly.
Next stage is to form the body definition with the dubbing of your choice to a position behind the hook eye. The legs of the fly are represented using ostrich herl. You will need the shade of natural which is a dark dun color tone. Tie this in at the head end of the fly and wind it back toward the tail, when you have reached that point the ribbing is brought back in the opposite spiral to the head of the fly. At that point the material is secured and the head of the fly is finished.
You may choose now to cut the ostrich
herl only above the fly body close to the body, you may also tease out some of the dubbing
to the underside of your completed fly. It is a very simple fly to tie but as you will
find out a very effective one to fish with.
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