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Old 02-19-2008, 07:47 PM
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scud.....shrimp !!

both look like seafood to me!
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Doc is dead on with them being a main food source. Stillwater fishing I use scuds, sow bugs and
Chironomids anytime the fish are holding deep. I will use an indicator with 20' to 30' leader, or you can do the Chan thing of sinking line straight down. I like the indicator, specially if there is a little chop to the water. Gives it a nice up and down bounce. Around weed beds is great for scuds on choppy water cause they get washed out and will float around.
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joni is there any recipe for a 20 foot to 30 foot leaders? I wanted to fly fish lake erie this summer on my boat but the water can get deep. need to get down with clousers and monnow imitations but didn't wanna use the sink lines. pm if ya got a link or something so I don't steal this thread.
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joni is there any recipe for a 20 foot to 30 foot leaders? I wanted to fly fish lake erie this summer on my boat but the water can get deep. need to get down with clousers and monnow imitations but didn't wanna use the sink lines. pm if ya got a link or something so I don't steal this thread.

I don't use any taper. Just straight fluorocarbon. It doesn't cast worth a dang. It is a lob it out and kick backwards till I am over the spot. I do use sonar, for depth and structure.
I don't use clousers so I am not sure how that will work, sorry.
I do use a full sink line on minnow imitations. I want them to go more horizontal, where scuds and Chironomids I want Vertical.
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The only shrimp in the Rocky Mountains is the Brine Shrimp of the Great Salt Lake or the ones on my plate with a lot of Garlic Butter...Mmmmmmm
I'm not sure where you draw the line on what is or is not a "shrimp", but Mysis shrimp which I believe share phylum (Anthropoda) & subphylum/class (crustacea) with other shrimp are fairly common in several tailwaters of the Rockies. The Gunnison, Blue River, and Fryingpan Rivers are examples that come to mind as places where I have fished with Mysis shrimp imitations to match the naturals.
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Default Re: What exactly are scuds?

Here is a link that shows a bit more info on Scuds.
Amphipoda - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Gammarus setosus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Most are actually saltwater species we only have two that are common. The only way to tell them appart is by looking their antenna. Though doing so in the field wont matter and fish aren’t going to care when they are eating one. Just think of the fact that flies and mosquitoes are in the same classification but are completely separate. So are shrimp and scuds might be in the same Order but are in different families. Same thing as lobsters and crabs...close but completely different. Oh and the proper names for the freshwater scuds are Hyella and Gammarus.

This also goes along with names like starfish...ITS not a fish.
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I'm not sure where you draw the line on what is or is not a "shrimp", but Mysis shrimp which I believe share phylum (Anthropoda) & subphylum/class (crustacea) with other shrimp are fairly common in several tailwaters of the Rockies. The Gunnison, Blue River, and Fryingpan Rivers are examples that come to mind as places where I have fished with Mysis shrimp imitations to match the naturals.
I agree 100% with you. I tried to correct my JOKE with the tailwaters crustacea. They are here and a safe bet for fishing.
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Scuds are not related to shrimp at all. Shrimp are an aquatic animal scuds are an aquatic insect. Scuds are related to Sand Fleas. Scuds have five times more protein sowbugs. If scuds and sowbugs are in your stream they could be as much as 75% and more of your fish's diet, "Nymphing for Larger Trout" by Brooks. Scuds are a backwards swimmer that swim blindly bumping into things. The best presentation is under an indicator and in choppy water as stated earlier by someone. However Scuds are a preference food because of the high protein level and will be consumed by fish any time they are available over sowbugs or midges. Scuds and Sowbugs are found in most springs and tail-races. In the Ozarks Mountains they are found in almost every spring and are a food staple of the trout in the Ozarks.
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Just thought I'd post a pic and recipe of my favorite scud pattern.

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RECIPE
HOOK: Sizes 12 to 16 C49S Mustad
WEIGHT: Lead wire
THREAD: Tan 8/O
RIB: Fine gold wire.
BODY: H&H Rainbow sow scud dubbing
SHELL BACK: Stillwater Solutions calibaetis midge flex 1/8"

click the link for step-by-step tying instructions.
Star Scud pattern

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Looks like a good pattern Doc.
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