It seems every time I get a new flybox I have the sudden need for a new pattern to tie. This recent acquisition of an another Umpqua flybox had me itching for something new. Something I hadn’t tried yet.

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The Weekender UPG flybox gave me an idea for a pattern right off the top. Literally. The top bulleted comment on package read, “Big Dries to the Tiniest Midges.”

It wasn’t a midge I had in mind- but tiny seemed the way to go. That’s when the idea for a scud came in.

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Surprisingly tying a scud is not that hard. There is a challenge to be said however for doing small work. In fact, the first attempt I made ended up being sacrificed to the snip it cup. But after fooling with the copper wire and thin skin some- I fat fingered my way thru it.

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While some of these aren’t the prettiest scuds ever seen- I do know I have one up’d my fly tying skills a touch. I’m even thinking this could be a gateway fly to some more small work. We’ll see.

The how-to video I learned from came off of a favorite I saved on the twitter a while back. Thank you Orvis and Tightline Productions. I substituted some materials and colors, but overall I am relatively please with the end results. Which ends up working out well because there is plenty of UPG Weekender left to tie for and fill up.

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Other items of special note that I dig about the Weekender are the magnetic compartments and slim design. The foam slits accommodate multiple sizes of flies without wasting space. This effect this leaves me a variety of flies to load up on without being overloaded. Who can argue that?

Haven’t tied a scud before? Watch the video below. Its so easy “even a grunt can do it”. Don’t have a sweet Umpqua UPG Weekender flybox? Go get one. But be forewarned- you may end up with me in meetings. “Hi, my name is and I have a flybox addiction.”

See you on the high ground,
AirborneAngler

Simple Scud from Tightline Productions on Vimeo.