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GldstrmSamFebruary 17th, 2012, 1:10 pm
Fairbanks, Alaska

Posts: 212
To check out your flies - a tub is good, but a swimming pool or clear pond nearby is even better.


Even better than that is my 55 gallon aquarium.

Maybe I should have posted this in the fly balance thread, but anyway in around one sentence how do you keep your scuds from riding the wrong way in the water??? I have read most of this thread, but I never came across a very short, clear answer(if that is possible).
There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ~Patrick F. McManus
EntomanFebruary 17th, 2012, 1:37 pm
Site Editor
Northern CA & ID

Posts: 2604
The good news, Sam, is that scuds don't necessarily orient themselves in any particular way so you can get away with upsidedowners. You wanted it short, so re-read a little closer the conversation further up the thread. Your question is answered about as thoroughly as possible there, particularly my post with the bird'nest photo's and Paul's responses and photos following. Bottom line, remember the parachute analogy.
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
PaulRobertsFebruary 17th, 2012, 1:42 pm
Colorado

Posts: 1776
Thanks, Tony. Yes, lots to think about and play with in this.

The best way to right a hook (or control point orientation) is by keeping turbulence (“wings”, tails, picked dubbing, what have you) up top, above the plane of the shank.

The photo with the arrows on it is one of my scud ties, in basic design, although that one happens to be orange -not the color of most scuds -live ones anyway.
EntomanFebruary 17th, 2012, 1:52 pm
Site Editor
Northern CA & ID

Posts: 2604
Sam,

Paul's last post answers your question as succinctly as possible.
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
GldstrmSamFebruary 17th, 2012, 1:53 pm
Fairbanks, Alaska

Posts: 212
Thanks Kurt and Paul.
It was starting to get confusing with all of the "half" page posts. Not that I anything against lengthy post because I know it is not necessarily easy to write them, but sometimes I can understand it better if it is "short and sweet".
There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ~Patrick F. McManus
PaulRobertsFebruary 17th, 2012, 2:32 pm
Colorado

Posts: 1776
Short and sweet aren't always easy to get to. Still learning here too.
OldredbarnFebruary 17th, 2012, 3:19 pm
Novi, MI

Posts: 2591
Short and sweet aren't always easy to get too. Still learning here too.


Just ask Spence...;)
"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
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