Size: 16 mm / approx 5/8 in Hook: J:son GB #10
Scuds are important to fish of all sizes and is often a large part of the biomass within a lake or river. They prefer still, or slow moving waters.
Most species of Scuds prefer living in shallow water, and that is one of the key factors to why they are important when fly fishing. Studies that has been made show that in many waters, scuds make up around 20% of the fish diet.
It's simple really, think scuds and catch fish.
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Adult caddis flies are found in both still and moving water. Adult caddis flies is most common to find on the water during the time when they hatch or the female lay her eggs. Most adult caddis flies have a dark colour. The wings are either spotted or coloured in the same colour as the body. When they move across the surface after they have hatched or lay their eggs, they often do it with impressive speed. They almost look like small racing boats. An egg laying caddis is usually harder for the fish to catch then a new hatched one. Just as with the largest mayflies, a hatch of large sized caddis flies will attract big fish to feed in the surface.
There are many aquatic living insects and small animals that fish will feed on. Some of the most important once are scuds. These small crustaceans make out a large quantity of the biomass in many waters and many fish species will continue to feed on them all their life. Scuds are found in both still water and slow moving parts of streams and rivers all around the world. When they swim, they will form there body into a something that almost looks like a circle by bending it so that the tail reaches there head, and then quickly pushing it back into a straight position. When they do so, it almost looks like they are jumping. As you fish your imitation, it is important to imitate this way of swimming by making a short, quick pull in the line and then letting the fly fall slowly down again before the next short pull.
Popular in many european waters, especially when fishing for rainbow trout during autumn. However, craneflies are found around the world within the northern and southern hemisphere.