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Author: Rafe Nielsen

From spring creeks to desert lakes, this small crustaion makes up a large part of a trouts diet.

Scud with flashback
Scuds are a mainstay food source for trout in spring creeks and tailwaters. Scuds are often a light tan or gray color when seen in the water and imitating those patterns have been very effective. Using brighter colors such as bright orange, pink and yellow are just as effective if not more so than gray ones. Scuds often aren't bright in color, but the brighter colors seem to catch the attention of trout and consistently produce fish. I make sure I always carry a variety of scuds in different colors whenever I fish such tailwaters as Utah's Green River and Wyoming's "Miracle Mile" of the North Platte.

Hook: #12-#16 Wide Gap Hooks
Thread: Tan
Back: Scud back material
Body: Dyed or colored coarse dubbing. Color include olive, tan, gray, orange, pink and yellow and in bright colors.
Ribbing: Gold wire
  1. Begin by tying in a scud back or strip of clear plastic to be wrapped over the top of the body at a later step.
  2. Next, tie in a length gold or copper ribbing.
  3. Spin on any coarse dubbing of a color to match your area. The dubbing should be spun thickly and loosely. Wrap the dubbing forward to the eye of the hook.
  4. Pull the scud back tightly over the top of the body and tie down at the eye. Make sure the scud back is directly over the top of the body.
  5. Wrap the gold wire in even segments over the body and tie off at the eye.
  6. Trim off both the scud back and wire then build a small head with thread. Take a pick and pull down some dubbing material to form legs. Trim legs even with hook point.
  7. Whip finish.

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