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These Black-Eyed Gammarus are scuds/shrimps made of a mix of dubbing and glass beads. Their backs are totally varnished to reinforce their shell. They have very mobile legs made of long dubbing fibres. The realistic touch comes with 2 tiny black eyes, just like real gammarus! They are tied on a short-shank size 12 hook, which is the normal size for a classic European gammarus pattern. It's a light nymph that is ideally used as a dropper over a heavier nymph.
Each of the Black-Eyed Scuds (with their slim profiles) sink very quickly and are great fished as a part of a team in a Euro nymphing rig. Our Black-Eyed Scuds are available as individual flies only.
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Why Use Scuds?
Simply because they are the most common invertebrates in the water at all points of the year, a wild trouts diet will consist mainly of scuds. Therefore it makes sense to at least have a few in your box, especially during the months of high weed growth (Summer and Late Autumn). These scuds work equally well on both rivers and stillwaters (if you dare fish them!).
How To Use Scuds?
Here's a few tips on how (and when) to fish Scuds:
- Scuds do not like really bright daylight - the become docile when it's really bright.
- Fish with them during lower light levels - when it's overcast, dawn or dusk, this is when they will be more active.
- Scuds live on the river bed, generally in and around vegetation, so you have to get your flies down deep, that's the reason all scud flies are fairly heavy.
- Scuds are very good swimmers (but their sense of direction is appalling), they swim in really short bursts (often around in circles), so there's no need to worry too much about presentation, just make sure you fish them on the river bed.
- This does sound counter-intuitive, but In general you will get more fish on scuds if you fish them on a short leader.
Typical Leader Setup
Scuds are fished as you would any other nymph - just remember the golden rule "if you're not getting snagged on the bottom, you're not fishing deep enough". A normal river leader setup would be to add a short (12") indicator tippet section to your fly line, to this add 1.5 x the depth of the water you are fishing of tippet (4x or 5x), then the scud (or a team of 2 scuds).
TOP TIP: If using a team of 2 nymphs, try putting the heaviest on a short dropper about 12" above the point fly, this will then allow you to fish both nymphs tight to the bottom.
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