Shrimp are present throughout the entire open water season therefor making them a very important food source for trout. They are particularily useful in the early spring and late fall when forage for other insects is scarce as the main hatches have either yet to start or have already run their course. Their constant presence also makes them a great searching pattern!
This particular shrimp / scud fly pattern is a kinda variant of Jack Shaw’s “Baggy” shrimp but it replaces his freezer bag plastic strip with the more conventional “scud back” and of course includes a bead ( I hope Jack’s not rolling over in his grave). I guess you could say it’s a Baggy Shrimp on Steroids cause it sure fishes like it!
Here’s what you’ll need to tie it:
- Thread: White 6/0
- Hook: Togen Scud #12
- Bead: Togen “Chartreuse Cool Bead” 3/32
- Dubbing: Seal -Bright Yellow / Mixed with some “Ice Dub”
- Rib: Wire – Silver / Medium
- Head cement: “krazy” Glue
A quick note on the dubbing …….
We prepare the dubbing for this fly by mixing bright yellow seal with a small amount of ice dub – just enough ice to add some shine without over powering the mix. Next we spin the mixture into a wire dubbing brush with our home made dubbing brush maker. The result is a very strong wire dubbing rope that is easy to apply and lasts forever! If you don’t have the means to make wire dubbing loop then a traditional dubbing loop, although not as strong, will work just fine.
OK now back to the fly …….
The final step is to whip finish, head cement & trim up the fly as it will still be fairly bushy at this point. To do this simply use your fingers to tease all the dubbing fibers to the bottom side of the fly and then take your scissors and cut the fibers even at a level just above the hook point. When done it should look something like this:
And there you have it folks … the finished “Golden Scud Back” still water shrimp fly pattern! If you’re planning on fly fishing the Interior of beautiful British Columbia don’t leave home without it!