The Bulldog Scud

This pattern actually resulted from my wife's suggestion after she had swept up the latest collection of "dust bunnies" that our dogs had generously deposited on our floors. When she said "isn't there something that you could use all of this hair for?" that set me looking at it a little closer. The first thing that I thought of was that the hair from one of our dogs (Rocky) happened to be the perfect color for a Light Hendrickson Nymph (I never have been too good about running around after Vixens trying to trim their urine stained pubes), but then as I started looking at it a little closer I started thinking about other uses as well.


Hook: Tiemco 2487 (scud) or equivalent #12-16(or whatever old hooks you have lying around the house that you can scrape old flies off of).
Thread: Black, Brown or whatever is left on old almost empty spools that you've lifted from your wife's sewing area.
Ribbing: Old mono line that's still on that spinning reel you don't use anymore.
Weight: Scrape the insulation off copper wire that's been lying around your workshop. #22-28 gauge from old electronic projects works best.
Scud Back: Easter Grass stolen from your kid's Easter Basket (leave that half eaten Chocolate Bunny alone!).
Body: Dubbing combed from the undercoat of a "red" Bulldog - or dog hair swept up in dust bunnies from around the house - or whatever you can scrounge from the beasts in your particular menagerie.
Eyes: More of that old mono line, cut in short lengths and burnt to form a pair of eyes.


1. Prepare, find, scrounge, steal etc. all of the above materials and have them ready.
2. Place the hook in the vise and start the thread just behind the eye.
3. Tie in a 2-3" piece of mono onto the top of the hook and wrap the thread back to where the curve of the hook is almost vertical securing the mono in place underneath the thread. The excess mono will stick out the back of the hook for later use as ribbing.
4. Wrap 6-10 turns of the copper wire around the body of the hook for weight and then wrap the thread back and forth over it securing it in place.
5. Secure the Easter Grass in place over the top of the hook with more wraps of thread. Finish your winding at the back of the hook with the excess Grass sticking out behind the hook ready for later use as the scud back.
6. Dub whatever material you are using onto the thread and wrap the dubbing forward to just behind the eye of the hook.
7. Pull the Easter Grass forward over the top of the hook and take a couple of wraps of thread to secure it in place. Trim off the excess.
8. Spiral the mono forward in 4-7 turns making the ribbing and secure it in place with the thread. Trim off the excess.
9. Form a set of eyes by taking a short (1/2"-3/4") piece of mono. Hold in the center with a pair of tweezers. Burn one end at a time with a cigarette lighter to form a pair of eyes. Tip: just as the burning end approaches the tweezers flick that end down to extinguish the flame and then hold it downward for a few seconds to help the eye form into a nice round shape as the mono cools and hardens.
10. Tie in the pair of eyes just behind the front of the hook using figure eight wraps to secure it in place.
11. Whip finish.
12. Pick out the dubbing to form "legs" and/or "tail".


Most scud patterns are fished dead drift close to the bottom under a strike indicator. In still water you might want to try imparting some movement to the scud imitating the movement of the real thing darting around near the bottom of the pond.