Don's Fly Tying - the Never Touch Scud

[Never Touch Scud]

Fall in the Okanagan is certainly a favourite time of year. Leaves start to colour in all their outdoor splendor! Birds and animals of the wild seem to take on new energy as the heat of summer passes. And of great importance to the fly fisher, the summer doldrums laze is over and trout become active feeders again!

My friend of many years, Al Kouritzin, recently suggested that we try a new lake, at least for me, east on a logging road off the Big White road less than an hour from Kelowna. The lake is called Never Touch and can now be accessed on a fairly new logging road arm pushed in to harvest a timber burn near the lake. Our BC Forest Service has provided small boat lake access in two locations plus a few overnight and picnic camp spots. I was impressed with the layout and although the fishing was not exceptional, I really enjoyed the overall lake setting! Besides the three very scrappy rainbows that we landed, we were rewarded with a close-up view of a cow and calf moose feeding near the water's edge! Oh yes, I almost forgot, the object of this article is to share a new fly design with you, a fly that will catch fish! Those Never Touch rainbows preferred a light green shrimp pattern that I will call the Never Touch Scud. As soon as we tried this fly, the action changed from non existant to fast and furious!

[Never Touch Lake]



Start by building up the center of the shank with green wool or soft phentax. Next wrap a piece of light green larva lace hook bend to hook eye to form a cigar shaped body. Now tie in a green hackle feather near the hook eye and palmer it back in gapped turns like a rib to the hook bend. The advantage of using invisible thread is now evident as you can carefully wrap it back to the hook bend and tie off the hackle feather with little distortion. This firmly secures the hackle wrap which is then trimmed completely off the top and just short of the hook barb on the underside to form the legs. The final step is to tie in a dyed olive mallard flank feather at the hook eye, secure it well there, then make a second tie point at the hook bend with just enough of the mallard feather projecting past to make a short tail. Tie off, cement and you have completed a Never Touch Scud pattern!

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