Freshwater Shrimp Fly Sample: Tie a Scud

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Gammarus species (and comparable) freshwater shrimp (or scuds) are an essential a part of the diets of fish – significantly in wealthy limestone or chalk streams and rivers. The place you discover a number of shrimp – you are likely to additionally discover massive trout and grayling.

Whereas some species swim “upright” and others on their aspect, most have characteristically flattened our bodies when seen from above. In different phrases, freshwater shrimp our bodies are typically taller than they’re extensive.

The colours of the shellback, dubbing and rib can all be diversified relying on whether or not you need very drab/non-spooky flies (for fishing low, clear water) or one thing that can stand out slightly from the group (usually in barely much less “spooky” water – and the place pure, reside, shrimp happen in large numbers) – proper by means of to daring, synthetic colours not likely seen in nature (not less than to the identical diploma of fluorescence).

The ebook ” Idiot Fish with Easy Flies” (accessible on Amazon) goes right into a extra full system for judging how a lot to magnify (or tone down) the colours and sizes of your artificials.

The video reveals the fundamental “floor-plan” of methods to go about combining the fundamental shellback, dubbing and ribbing supplies. It additionally reveals a few tips to creating the shellback look as juicy and plump as doable – in addition to avoiding getting the dubbing trapped within the ribbing (or caught up and wrapped excessive of the shellback).

Doing a “reverse” tying in of the shellback materials (and catching down with the rib) additionally actually helps to create that basic “blunt” face profile of the pure Gammarus. If you’d like, you possibly can even stack up extra strips of lead wire on high of one another to create a extra flattened physique.

Among the supplies I am utilizing right here had been kindly offered (as replacements to my outdated, battered inventory) by John Tyzack and Andy Cliffe at Fish On (thanks guys). You will discover their supplies right here:


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