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: Scum Fly

07-04-2006, 01:35 PM
To celebrate the fact that I actually hooked and landed a fish on this pattern, I've decided to post my scum fly. This fly is the most weedless pattern I have ever fished and handles beautifully through pads, bullrushes, and all forms of surface "sludge".

Hook- A size 2 light wire stinger hook (I like mustads for this) keel weighted with some light wire

Weed guards- 3 strips of closed cell foam in which the point of the hook can be buried

Tail- Splayed grizzley and olive neck hackles

Collar- Olive bucktail

Head- Natural and olive deerhair clipped like a very bushy dahlberg pattern with white rubber legs

The key part in this pattern is the keeled stinger hook. My thoughts are to better avoid having to bend hooks, the pattern woud be better tied as a tube with an inverted larvae hook like a mustad 37160. As for the design of the head, I found the diver style head best for sneaking around the weeds and yet still being able to push water or even "pop" over holes.

Pictured are the actual fly and its chassis

Dble Haul
07-05-2006, 10:02 AM
That's a great design, and I'm not at all surprised that you've had success with it.

Thanks for sharing.

07-05-2006, 10:18 PM
I like it :cool:

The most weedless fly I've tied so far is a keel-style bucktail but I haven't caught a fish on it yet. This one looks like it would push a lot more water and really get some attention in the slop. I'd be interested to see how you did the foam weed guard if it's not too much trouble (or proprietary information :hihi: )


07-06-2006, 10:09 AM
The foam weed guard is simply three separate strips of foam in which you can hide the point of the hook. The reason for multiple weed guards is so that if one rips beyond use you will have back ups. This style of weed guard is somewhat "stolen" from the whole concept of the texas rig used by gear fisherman.

07-09-2006, 09:51 PM
Thanks Jared!