Wednesday, October 26, 2016

SCUD Trash Fly style with Rubber Hair Bands

As many of your are aware lots of places we fish have great scud populations. Trout love to eat them. They reside in tail waters. One of my personal favorite spots to drown a bug.

Well I was standing in line at a local little store buying supplies for another little experiment. That one was more teaching related so I'll not share here at this time. As I waited my turn I noticed this rack of hair rubber bands in a wide range of color. Flexible and thin rubber. So my mind ran to scuds and there shell back. Oh well that isn't weird for me. Got a pack or two. Cheap $1 for 500. Note you can make two or three per band. So lifetime supply. Also they come in clear and black.

In my favorite tail water the ________ _________ in  ___________ purple seems to get a favored response.  The actual shrimp alive in more of a mahogany. Dead washed out pink or orange,

Here's what came out of my find. 

Hook #12 Scud TMC 2457
Tail Grouse Hackle Fluff
Body Hairline Nymph Olive
Back Rubber Hair Band
Rib Fine Copper Wire

Step 1
Place a scud hook in your vise.
Step 2
Thread the hook

Step 3 
Tie in the tailing materials. I used grouse from the Trash bag left from tying Kembari patterns earlier.

Step 4
Tie in shell back (Rubber Hair Band)

Step 5 
Dub the hook.

Step 6
Pull shell forward. Tie down.

Step 7
Rib with the wire. Tie down.

Step 8
Add a drop of glue. (Your Choice)

Step 9 
Use a dubbing pick to pull out the dub to create legs for your scud.

Hope it gets you a few fish. Maybe saves you some coin. Even just lets you chuckle at how wierd my mind is :)

Stay Clever and Trashy My Friends.

Dedicated to my son, Bailey. I Love You.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Flip-Flop's are great material

Okay here is a little known fact about me. I can't wear flip-flops. Not at all. Fall on my butt and I hate the way they feel on my feet. But it appears I am in the minority of the population in the warm months. Slap slap slap goes the rest of the world. Well it appears also that a lot of these things get lost, broken, or abandon on the stream or lakes of the world.

I collect them. Imagine that :)

I cut cylinders as probably several of you do for poppers. Great bass and bluegill offerings indeed.

Recently I started down the Tenkara path. I am trying to keep a simple technique as simple as possible. aka affordable.

Above is some carving on some collected stock.

Spools for my leaders. (I furled the leaders myself)

Thought i would share. Tools shown are all that's needed. 'Stay Clever And Trashy My Friends'

Dedicated to my son, Bailey. I love you.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Coat Hanger Bodkin

Ever break one of those inexpensive plastic cloths hangers?  I do regularly. Well I did this morning. Noticed it was hollow. Probably why it broke.

You can never have to many bodkins. Spread glue, clean eyelets, spread UV resin, and such.

Had a box of T-pins. And here the idea that grew out of that.

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Fold back the pins T to the needles shaft. Heat the pin. Stick in the hole in the middle of the shaft. Cools and set. Cut shaft to your preference.

Dedicated to my son, Bailey. I love you.