Created by Randall Kaufmann


Scuds are shrimp-like fresh-water crustaceans. They can occur in huge numbers in lakes and in slackwater sections of rivers. When present, they offer trout a delicious morsel that is hard to resist.


Scuds should be lightly weighted either with lead under the body or with a beadhead. The 2457 hook is curved and represents a resting or drifting scud. The 200R hook is straight and is used for a swimming scud. Match your presentation to the hook style.

How to Fish

In rivers, present the fly with the shallow nymph or wet-fly swing presentations; remember, scuds are present in weedy, slow-water stretches. In lakes, use an intermediate line and a slow retrieve.

HOOK: 2457 or 200R, sizes 10-18

THREAD: To match body

TAIL: Marabou hen hackle fibers, or antron; color to match body

ANTENNAE: Same as tail

BACK: Heavy plastic with pearl Flashabou underneath

RIB: Clear monofilament, about .006 inches in diameter

BODY: Blended angora goat and Haretron. When done tying, pick out body fibers to look like legs, then trim to correct length. Color choices: olive-gray, tan, orange

HACKLE: Palmered black saddle hackle, or color to match body