Brun's Scud

Brun's Scud - every day staple food for  brown trout, char and grayling! 


This is a simple scud imitation were I only use TWO materials: Seals fur substitute and coarse Antron (not the finer ones from Coates & Clark, DuPont etc. on this particular fly). Lakes and ponds often contain large numbers of these insects, but they may also be abundant in slow moving rivers or slow parts of faster flowing rivers. They live among the stones and vegetation on the river/ lake bottom, but I think that they're both more active and dear to swim more freely during dusk, dawn and the dark hours. Brun's Scud is seldom wrong to put on a leader when you find yourself on the shores of a lake with char, brown trout or grayling.

Brun's Scud is simple to tie, and you can quickly tie up a dozen or more for the next trip. The most common colors are olive and gray nuances, but also tie some imitations of the egg filled female - in bright orange.

This is really a great fly for the times when you normally would have put on a traditional wet fly. Except the times when you actively fish a wet caddis fly to imitate the diving ones etc. A great tactic is to stalk the shores and fish it over shallows where trouts are cruising by. Let the fly sink and pull it slowly over the bottom. 

I've also experienced more than once that trout has taken this fly when unintentionally fished as an emerging caddis pupa swimming up to the surface. And often, half an hour or so later, I recognize more caddis activity and splashing trout, when the caddis emergers grow in numbers. The Brun's Scud work for those occations, but it is normally the best fly for cruising trout when they key on scuds or just lurks around along the bottom looking for insect larvas etc. in general.

Brun's Scud  -  recipe


: Mustad C49S, # 10-14, or equivalent


: on the upper half of the hook

Thread  : Gray UNI 6/0 (because of the segmentation)
Body : Olive seals fur substitute
Back : Olive coarse antron
Tail : Olive coarse antron


How to:

1. Tie in a piece of the coarse antron at the eye, pointing forward.

2. Then dub the body from the eye and back to the bend. Strange, huh? Not really, here comes the funny part: 

3. Then pull the piece of antron over the body and ribb the fly with some tight turns with the tying thread. On this fly I use a 6/0 thread to get a more pronounced segmentation than I could have achieved with a 8/0 or 10/0 thread. There's no point in using a thinner thread on this fly to reduce bulk because it's so simple to tie anyway. You won't get problem with bulk.

This ribbing technique reduces the need for a separate ribbing thread. Quick and simple!

4. Trim the end of the antron at the hook bend - leave a short tail - and the fly is finished.

5. Brush out some legs on the underside, or use your dubbing needle, to get an impressionistic look of swimming legs.

Bruns Scud - marfloimitasjon


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My dog, Ulv as a puppy.


André © Brun


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