Monday, January 4, 2010
Swift River Scud
I can only tie for so long before I have to write about it. This is my "scud pattern" that I've used over the last five or so years on the Swift.
First, I guess that it will work on any stream but it REALLY works on the Swift which means it's probably a good tailwater pattern wherever tailwaters are found. I've fished "big" versions of this on the Millers and had success. First things first - I don't like the "bushy" scud patterns. Real scuds are not that bushy. Second, less material means that the fly will get down quickly which is very important. Third, I probably have more real Australian possum in various colors than anyone in New England (maybe a stretch) at this point which I firmly believe is the real reason that this fly works. Believe me, I've tested materials and the Australian possum is the real deal!!
Over the last five or so years this pattern has worked throughout the seasons. Dump it into the riffles, dump it into the pools, it doesn't matter. Trout like it. They like it better in the riffles! Sizes 14 and 16 are all that you need.
I hope to get out this weekend to the Swift even though they're talking about another "weather event" for Friday and Saturday. Say your prayers folks!!!
Posted by Millers River Flyfisher at 8:57 PM