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Old 08-22-2013, 12:21 PM
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awesome. thanks so much for sharing, and good luck out there!
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My god, there really is something in the water up there in the Winds. Such huge, brilliantly-colored fish... simply amazing.

Question: Do you weight your scud patterns?
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Question: Do you weight your scud patterns?
I buy the scud pattern from Rich Osthoff in Wisconsin. He specifically designed his scuds for high altitude lakes and deep cruising trout. He affectionately calls his years of fishing the Rocky Mtn backcountry before he developed his scud as BS - Before Scud. He calls it the Fast-Sinking Scud. He ties the FS Scud with weighted wire to enhance the sink rate.

When I arrive to a high country lake and see cruising trout, I immediately tie on a FS Scud whether the fish are feeding on top or not. I don't care if I'm fishing brookies, cutts, or goldens..........they all ravage Osthoff's scud patterns. All you gotta do is let them see it. When you spot a cruiser, no matter how deep, just drop the scud anywhere in the trout's path. If the trout doesn't immediately see it, just give the fly a little twitch to give the trout an opportunity to see it. When the fish spots the fly, they immediately swim over to investigate. Sometimes, spotting conditions are so good on high lakes, you can visibly see the trout take the fly and you set the hook. But usually, you can't see your fly. You just see the cruiser take interest and race toward your fly.......when they stop, wait a second or two, and set the hook. More often than not, the trout has taken the scud and the hook set is a good one.

Upon Osthoff's recommendations, I usually tie the scud on a twelve foot leader with a lot of tippet, up to four feet sometimes. The long line enhances the sink rate of the FS Scud.
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Wow! We need to go fishing sometime. What great fish. Just great pics and great settings, great fish.

Great post! Thanks for putting it up
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