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  1. 2 Tone San Juan, Amber and Orange

    2 Tone San Juan, Amber and Orange

    2 Tone San Juan, Amber and Orange

    Starting at: $0.81

  2. 2 Tone San Juan, Brown and Orange

    2 Tone San Juan, Brown and Orange

    2 Tone San Juan, Brown and Orange

    Starting at: $0.81

  3. 2 Tone San Juan, Brown and Tan

    2 Tone San Juan, Brown and Tan

    2 Tone San Juan, Brown and Tan

    Starting at: $0.81

  4. 2 Tone San Juan, Purple and Pink

    2 Tone San Juan, Purple and Pink

    Two great attractor colors put together on one juicy worm.

    Starting at: $0.81

  5. 2 Tone San Juan, Red and Brown

    2 Tone San Juan, Red and Brown

    2 Tone San Juan, Red and Brown

    Starting at: $0.81

  6. 2 Tone San Juan, Tan and Orange

    2 Tone San Juan, Tan and Orange

    2 Tone San Juan, Tan and Orange

    Starting at: $0.81

  7. 2 Tone San Juan, Wine and Red

    2 Tone San Juan, Wine and Red

    2 Tone San Juan, Wine and Red

    Starting at: $0.81

  8. Beadhead Flashback Scud, Gray

    Beadhead Flashback Scud, Gray

    Gray Beadhead Flashback Scud: Scuds are a predominamt food source for Trout in rivers and lakes worlwide. This fly is a great pattern to fish when you are looking for a Scud with a little bit of flash.

    Starting at: $0.97

  9. Beadhead Flashback Scud, Olive

    Beadhead Flashback Scud, Olive

    Olive Beadhead Flashback Scud: Scuds are a predominamt food source for Trout in rivers and lakes worlwide. This fly is a great pattern to fish when you are looking for a Scud with a little bit of flash.

    Starting at: $0.97

  10. Beadhead Flashback Scud, Orange

    Beadhead Flashback Scud, Orange

    Orange Beadhead Flashback Scud: Scuds are a predominamt food source for Trout in rivers and lakes worlwide. This fly is a great pattern to fish when you are looking for a Scud with a little bit of flash.

    Starting at: $0.97

  11. Beadhead Flashback Scud, Pink

    Beadhead Flashback Scud, Pink

    Beadhead Flashback Scud, Pink

    Starting at: $0.97

  12. Beadhead Flashback Scud, Tan

    Beadhead Flashback Scud, Tan

    Tan Beadhead Flashback Scud: Scuds are a predominamt food source for Trout in rivers and lakes worlwide. This fly is a great pattern to fish when you are looking for a Scud with a little bit of flash.

    Starting at: $0.97

  13. Beadhead Green Weenie

    Beadhead Green Weenie

    Beadhead Green Weenie: A classic attractor pattern that just plain old catches fish. You can call it an inch worm, extended body caddis, etc., whatever you want to call it this is a pattern works. This is one nymph fly that every angler should have in their box.

    Starting at: $0.97

  14. Beadhead San Juan Worm, Brown

    Beadhead San Juan Worm, Brown

    Beadhead San Juan Worm, Brown--This beadhead worm imitation represents an aquatic worm which is a prevalent food source for Trout. More than anything, it is just a good attractor pattern that Trout really seem to like. FLISCUSTA219

    Starting at: $0.97

  15. Beadhead San Juan Worm, Orange

    Beadhead San Juan Worm, Orange

    Beadhead San Juan Worm, Orange--This beadhead worm imitation represents an aquatic worm which is a prevalent food source for Trout. More than anything, it is just a good attractor pattern that Trout really seem to like. FLISCUSTA220

    Starting at: $0.97

  16. Beadhead San Juan Worm, Pink

    Beadhead San Juan Worm, Pink

    Beadhead San Juan Worm, Pink--This beadhead worm imitation represents an aquatic worm which is a prevalent food source for Trout. More than anything, it is just a good attractor pattern that Trout really seem to like. FLISCUSTA217

    Starting at: $0.97

  17. Beadhead San Juan Worm, Purple

    Beadhead San Juan Worm, Purple

    Beadhead San Juan Worm, Purple--This beadhead worm imitation represents an aquatic worm which is a prevalent food source for Trout. More than anything, it is just a good attractor pattern that Trout really seem to like. FLISCUSTA221

    Starting at: $0.97

  18. Beadhead San Juan Worm, Red

    Beadhead San Juan Worm, Red

    Beadhead San Juan Worm, Red-- This beadhead worm imitation represents an aquatic worm which is a prevalent food source for Trout. More than anything, it is just a good attractor pattern that Trout really seem to like. FLISCUSTA218

    Starting at: $0.97

  19. Beadhead San Juan Worm, Tan

    Beadhead San Juan Worm, Tan

    Beadhead San Juan Worm, Tan--This beadhead worm imitation represents an aquatic worm which is a prevalent food source for Trout. More than anything, it is just a good attractor pattern that Trout really seem to like. FLISCUSTA222

    Starting at: $0.97

  20. Beadhead Scud, Orange

    Beadhead Scud, Orange

    Orange Beadhead Scud: Scuds are a predominamt food source for Trout in rivers and lakes worlwide. The beadhead version will help get you down to where the Trout are laying.

    Starting at: $0.97

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Scud Fly, Sow Bug Fly & Worm Fly Patterns

In order to understand what a scud fly is and what it is used for, you must first understand what a tailwater fishery is. Tailwater fisheries are found throughout the country, but are more popular in the Western half of the US. These manmade fisheries are the result of building a lake that has a hydraulic damn to contain the water. These lakes are usually built by the US Army Corps of Engineers. During certain times of the year, water will be released from these lakes, creating a manmade river of sorts. When this water is released, it is pumped from the bottom of the lake which stays cold all year round. Hence, the water coming out of the damn is very cold and helps to make trout grow very large. When this water is being pumped out, a variety of crustaceans, mainly scuds, sow bugs, and crayfish, get pumped out with it. The water being released will also wash worms and other insects into the water, creating a feeding frenzy for everything living in the river down below it.

A scud fly is typically tied in shades of grey, olive, orange, pink, and tan. They will also be tied on a specific scud fly hook which has a curved shanked and a semi dropped hook eye. They are often fished under an indicator with split shot bounced along the bottom. A good scud fly will also be tied with a scud back material or epoxy, making them very durable.

When water is released from these dams, it obviously causes the river down below to swell. When this water rises, it rushes against the banks of the river and causes worms to be flushed from the dirt. This is a great time to fish a worm fly as well. A worm fly pattern will be tied in shades of red, brown, purple, and pink to name a few. Some of our favorite patterns are the San Juan Worm and our Squirmy Wormy.

If you are going to fish a tailwater fishery, you will also need to have a good sow bug fly. A good sow bug fly pattern will be tied in shades of grey and olive. They will also be tied on straight shank hooks, and are usually less than a quarter of an inch long. A sow bug fly, like a scud, will be fished under an indicator with split shot added to it. This keeps it bouncing along the bottom where fish are looking to feed on them. A lot of times, they will be fished in a tandem wet fly setup, with a worm fly being the point fly, and the scud or sow bug fly tied off of the bend of the hook. This gives fish a multitude of fly offerings at once, almost forcing them to eat one.