Diseased Deer Hair Scud


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 get a parasite that turns their intestinal tract orange. Many anglers mistakenly believe the scud is pregnant and the orange spot is an egg sac. This is not true--it is the effect of the parasite that causes the color. What is true is that trout focus on the hot spot and are more likely to take an orange-tinted scud. For more, see the article Hot Spots.

For advise on dubbing with deer hair, see articles Dubbing with Deer Hair and Deer Hair Dubbing--The Sequel


Scuds should be lightly weighted either with lead under the body or with a beadhead.

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.

Tying Instructions

1. Debarb hook, place in vise, start thread.

2. Tie in mono ribbing, then tie in Body Stretch.

3. Dub deer hair to middle of body.

4. Make 2-3 wraps of Orange Ice Dub.

5. Finish deer hair body.

6. Pull Body Stretch over the top.

7. Rib with mono.

8. Whip finish and trim.

HOOK: Dai Riki 135, size 10-14

THREAD: Olive or tan

RIBBING: Monofilament

SHELLBACK: Clear Body Stretch

BODY: Deer hair, dubbed and wrapped. Trim top and sides, but leave long underneath.

HOT SPOT: Orange Ice Dub