In todays fly tying video I show you how to tie a basic scud pattern using a plastic bag for the back of the fly. Scuds are a pattern that every fly fisherman should have in their box and can range from size 14 up through as tiny as you want to go.
The importance of scuds for fish and fly fishing cannot be overstated. They are in almost all water bodies and can be fished easily. Take a look at this article that describes more about the scuds life history.
There are different ways to fish a scud but dead drifting on the bottom is the most common.
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I show you how to tie the Boss steelhead fly pattern in todays fly tying video. The Boss was originated by Grant King to fish the Russian River but has been used in many other rivers and for other species around the country.
This pattern can work great in faster sections where you need to get your fly down a little quicker. Although designed for steelhead orginally, this pattern has been used and become as common with salmon fisherman.
There are a bunch of different colors, sizes and variations so experiment and try out different things.
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I’ll walk you through the basics of the wet fly swing so you have a techinique you can use to catch a fish regardless of your skill level.
I’m not shitting you. Dry fly fishing takes a nice cast. Nymphing requires you deal with getting snagged and breaking off flies.
But the wet fly is in the surface film so it’s worth a read to think about getting started.
By the end of this article you’ll have a new technique you can use to catch your first fish this week.
Note: I am not talking about steelhead here. If you want to learn about swinging flies for steelhead you can click here to check that out.
I am focusing on trout fishing here so let’s get into it.
Typical fly fishing gear
One of the great things about fishing the wet fly is that the gear setup is very simple. No big indicators or weight and no dry fly floatant to worry about.
You can use a 9 foot 5 or 6 weight rod with a 9 foot leader and you are good to go. You can adjust your rod weight with the size of the species you are going for.
Take a look here at other basic gear you need for fly fishing. Because the wet fly swing is so simple there will be a lot of gear you won’t need at the start. This is why is such a great beginner tactic.
How to cast a Fly Rod with the Wet Fly Swing
This screenshot is from Orvis and a video that covers the basics.
Typicallly you are casting downstream and across at about a 45 degree angle to the current. Look for riffle type habitat that has a uniform current and isn’t too deep.
You can see from the video how effortless casting a wet fly is with this technique. If you use heavier streamer type flies things will get a little more challenging. But, when starting out just use soft hackeled type flies (see below).
This is a great way to cover water when you aren’t sure exactly where the fish are holding. See the Technique below for further clarification.
The Technique – Wet Fly Swing
The wet fly swing is exactly what it sounds like. Swinging your fly across the water in a very methodical fashion to cover all of the water.
If you don’t know where the fish are in a run then this is a very effective method.
After you make your cast downstream and across, much of the time you will want to make a mend in the line to decrease the line speed and drag. See the video below. Controlling the speed of the fly is the key to the game so make sure to utilize mending to make sure your fly is presenting naturally to the fish.
4. After making your mend, keep a tight line on the fly as it swings so you feel any touch from a fish.
5. After the current swings the fly line and fly down below you make sure to let the fly dangle for a few seconds. Fish can take the fly on this dangle or hand down so be ready.
6. After a few seconds of the dangle, take a step or two downstream, pickup the line and make a similar cast out at a 45 degree angle.
7. Repeat these steps until you finish the run.
8. See the Tips sections on some other good reminders.
What is really going on with the wet fly and how is it different than a dry fly or a nymph?
This video describes a little about the mayfly life history. There are a wide range of species and life histories but the important thing to note here is you are imitating that stage just before they get to the surface of the water.
Take a look at the flies section below to see some of the common patterns to use while fishing the swing for trout.
Photo: Rick Hafele photo on his website showing his classic style.
The Wet Fly Patterns
The soft hackle flies are pretty much the standard for the wet fly swing. That video shows you one of the all time classic soft hackled flies.
A fly I have really come to love over the years for the wet fly swing is the dark tied down. Take a look at the video:
You can use any of these wet flies when fishing the swing. You don’t have to worry about setting the hook as the fish will do it for you. Just keep your rod tip down and hold on.
Streamers can also be fished on the wet fly swing. Kent at Gink and Gasoline provides a good summary on fishing streamers on the wet fly swing here. if you are able to fish out of a boat an anchor above the deep slot this can prove to be very effective as noted in the post.
I’ve really enjoyed connecting with everyone and we are only getting started. I’ve been posting a new video everyday as well as my own little personal challenge.
Setup and Post your Fly Tying Photos on Instagram
Sign up for Instagram if you haven’t already completed that step. click here and take a look at a quick video.
2. After you have created an account and signed into Instagram you will need to post all photos on your phone. Although there are programs that allow you to post via your desktop if you want to dig into that. You can check out Gramblr.com for more information on using your desktop.
3. See the first iphone screenshot below that shows you which button to push to publish your first photo.
4. After you click on the plus symbol the next screen will allow you to add a photo from your phone. Click next after adding a photo (see photo below):
5. After choosing the photo in step 4, you next need to write a caption and then click share. Make sure to use the hashtag: #flytyingchallenge30 so that everyone can see your fly pattern.
You can also add other # tags that relate to your pattern. For example, if you were posting a euro nymph, you might use #euronymph, #flyfishing, #nymphing, etc.
6. That’s all there is to it. Send me a message here if you still have questions. Let me know if a video would be helpful. Click on the link below if you want to join the fly tying challenge!
I am happy to share a guest fly tying video from Darren at Piscator Flies. Darren shows us how to tie the Chaddock which was a pattern created by Karl M. Haufler. A great pattern to imitate leeches and is great for lakes and ponds.
Click Here to check out this guest video on the Chaddock:
Fly Materials for the Chaddock (variation)
Hook: Mustad 38941 #4-8 or 4-6xl hook
Thread: Black 6/0 140d
Butt: Red wool or chenille
Rear Collar: Peacock black schlappen
Ribbing: Medium silver oval tinsel
Body: 4-6 peacock herls
Collar: Peacock black schlappen
The pattern was created by Karl M. Haufler of Edmonds, WA. The fly was designed to mimic a leech and is quite effective in lakes and ponds whether leeches are present or not. It is said to be especially effective with brook trout and the Lahontan cutthroat subspecies.
The original pattern uses a dark green phase peacock breast for the collars, but I’ve replaced this with natural black schlappen which is easier to obtain. Black hen hackle (whiting American) may also work for this purpose.
I wanted to give a big thanks to Darren for taking the time to post this great video. Please click here and thank Darren if you get a chance.
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