The scum-fly revisited
As my original scum-fly pattern proved a pain to cast and impossible to hook fish with I recently decided to creat a new better designed pattern for fishing the slop.
Attached are some pictures from my scum-fly testing grounds. Over 90% of my fish there have been within a foot of shore busting through the thickest looking vegetation.
The pattern itself, in my opinion, is the real deal. Its unbelievably weedless, casts fairly well, pushes enough water to draw attention and actually HOOKS FISH. The only drawback is that short stout leaders are a must for fishing this pattern through the thickest stuff. I usually use a 7 ft 12 pound leader to make casting easier. Fish really aren't that lineshy when busting through weeds like this.
fool proof scum-fly
hook- sickle bend worm hook (the weight distribution on these things is great for a keel fly) keel weighted with a little fine wire
head- closed cell foam with foam keel balance with a hook slot (popper style can be rounded to pick up even less weed accumulation)
collar- grizzly hackle
tail- white and yellow marabou
weed guard (just in case)- looped mono zap-a-gapped to the foam balance
eyes for artistic touch
The pictures hopefully explain the construction a little bit...