Published May 27. 2018 - 2 years ago
Updated or edited May 28. 2018

Flashback Seal Scud Stillwater Trout Fly

The Flashback Seal scud has gone through a lot of changes in my flybox over the years. I've added the UV coating over the back flash as well as using a multicolored dubbing blend rather than a monotone one. It is in spring and fall when the scuds are at their peak populations in ponds and lakes. There are 2 main families of scuds fly tyers and anglers need to be aware of, the larger gammerus and the smaller hylella. Gammerus can be in the size 8-12 range while the hylella tend to grow into sizes 14-18.

I hand blend the dubbing for this fly using olives, brown, and a touch of claret. I like the mix of color better than a straight monotone budding. If you do not have legal access to seal dubbing, you can try a coarse dubbing like Simi seal, Antron or trilobal synthetics.

Flashback Seal Scud Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Scud hook like Firehole 315 #10-16
Weight: 0.025 lead or no-lead wire
Thread: Olive 8/0 (70 denier)
Tail: 8 strands crystal flash
Shellback: Pearl Flashabou (10) and UV Flex
Ribbing: Gold wire
Body: Seal dubbing Olive, brown, claret blend or Antron or Simi seal


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