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Old 01-23-2013, 08:04 PM
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Default Re: Tying a good hunchback

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True, and if the fly is just a simple ragged, dubbed scud there really is no top or bottom so who cares if it drifts on it's "side?"

Just remember, if you do tie like illustrated, heavily weighted on one side of the hook, the fly invert and drift weighted-side down. So really, as the picture shows, lashing a humpback of lead on the top side of a curved scud hook will make a bug that drifts inverted - hook up, and body curved up as well. So you have to tie your scud back in on the "bottom" or underside of the hook. Or leave it off altogether and see what the heck happens.
And fish never take upside down flies? How do you know that?
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Default Re: Tying a good hunchback

Here's a video of a scud that shows it straightens when it swims. Shallow water so it swims on its side. Once source I found says it most often swims sideways but it can swim in any position, however it is always straight when it swims.

Curved patterns should always be fished dead drift. I think the advantage of a straight pattern is that a dragging fly can imitate a swimming scud.

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Default Re: Tying a good hunchback

Great video! Hmmm, looks like I may need to tie straight and hunchback scuds depending on presentation.

So far I'm finding the best way to tie hunchbacks is to cut 2 triangular pieces of lead tape and stick them onto either side of the shank. Generous wraps of thread and a little glue will keep it all together. Also, cutting the tip top point of the triangles gives it a more subtle hump but still more pronounced than some of the other methods like wrapping lead wire or building the hump with extra dubbing. Thanks for the input y'all!

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Rather than using dubbing or extra thread, I sometimes build body shape with dental floss.
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