Realistic Scud Fly (Gammarus Fly)
Realistic Scud Fly – Weighted – is a perfect scud imitation– a true deadly pattern for both freshwater and saltwater fly fishing. This great pattern has a flattened, segmented body characteristic for scud species. Legs made of Hare’s dubbing add to the authentic look. The UV resin coating gives it a shiny, shell-like appearance making it super-authentic and adding to the durability of the fly. The bodies are weighted according to the hook size to get the fly quickly to the fishing zone. Made in a range of attractive colors. The 3D versions are made with special, flashy 3D foils to instantly grab the attention of the fish.
Scud nymphs are deadly for trout & grayling, as well as coastal fishing for sea trout or sea-run browns. Having a scud/Gammarus fly pattern is a must-have in every fly box.
Our Realistic Scud Fly comes in the following colors: Pink, Tan, Olive, Orange, Brown, 3D Pink, 3D Light Green, 3D Green, and hook sizes #10, #12, #14, and #16.
The following are weights of each of the hook sizes:
#10 – 0.90g
#12 – 0.50g
#14 – 0.40g
#16 – 0.25g
Scud (Gammarus) Species
Scud, also known as Gammarus or Amphipod is a shrimp-like crustacean. Their name means ‘side swimmers’ and came from the way they swim. They are small, aquatic, freshwater invertebrates belonging to the order Amphipoda, family Gammaridae. Their size ranges from 5 mm to 20 mm.
They live at the bottom of shallow areas (not deeper than one meter) of both running and still freshwater: streams, rivers, ponds, or lakes. Some are adapted to live in saltwater environments. Scuds are usually found in areas with vegetation, in spaces between the stones, in the roots, plant tangles, etc. They are omnivores and eat just about any organic material they find.
Their life cycle doesn’t have a separate larval stage – there is no difference in the physical appearance of young compared to adult species, except for size. They shed their skin several times during their life.
Fishing Scud Patterns
Scuds are a very important and stable food source on the fish menu. They can be found in very large numbers in the water and can be fished all year round. They are especially effective in the early spring or fall when there are fewer hatches going on. Scud pattern is most effectively fished in the early morning or evening or on cloudy overcast days, as they are more sensitive to light.