What You’ll Need


TMC 2457-2487-2488-2499 size 12-20


Uni-thread 6/0 (color to match body)


Dubbing (sowscud)


Lead wire (always weight your scuds)


Lead wire comes in different size diameters. The standard ones you’ll use more then any other size for tying scuds are .010, .015 and.020 on the high size. You gage how round the hook shank is and that’s the size lead wire you use.

Example: size 14 usually takes the .015 lead wire.

I know these scuds are very simple flies to tie, but people just starting out would love to know this valuable information. So here you go….

There’s really only two ways to tie scuds.

Of course the skies the limit on if you want to add flash, shellbacks, antennae or any other bright ideas. But if you want to catch trout at Taneycomo the basic scuds work better than the fancy ones. The bottom line to all fishing is getting their attention to come take a look at what you have to offer. They might hit it or refuse it, but the key is to keep trying new things. It helps to watch the trout’s behavior because you will learn the ways of a trout.

Step 1

Wrap the lead about twelve turns. Secure it with thread dams on each side of the lead and cover the lead wire with thread. Your thread should be at the bend of the hook.

Step 2

Apply dubbing to the thread and you’re ready to build the body.

Note: When building the body make sure you add more dubbing in the back and taper it as you get the front. Scuds have a tapered body when they swim back down towards the bottom. If you pick a rock up and look at them when they’re not swimming you can tell the back is the highest part and the two ends are tapered, but while your fishing them you need to think about the way the trout see them in action. And more times than any I’m sure trout see them washed up and try to make it back to the bottom.

There’s also a technique where you can throw scuds out and leave them for a minute and drag them for a second to create a look like they are crawling on the bottom and stop. They’ll usually swim right over and pick it up. You can do this presentation in dead still water or where there’s minimal current speed.

Step 3

When dubbing straight to the thread your body will turn out like this. You’ll have to brush the dubbing to make the legs. I also apply red thread and tie off the olive because I like all my scuds to have a red head. Other people like orange, but no matter what it’s definitely a “local thing”.

Step 4

After you brush the legs out you’ll need to make a few cuts. Make a cut across the back to get any of the hair sticking up or on the side of the hook shank. Next cut will be the legs. Use your hook point for the reference point. The legs need to measure the gap of the hook.

Step 5

The completed fly. Glue the eye with gloss coat. It’s the best out there.