Sunday, February 12, 2012
Scuds Are Everywhere
They tend to thrive in an alkaline environment and are rich in calcium. The other great feature is that they are available all year long. They live world wide with over 700 different varieties.
The life of these macro-invertebrates starts as an egg that hatches aquatically. There is no metamorphosis as in the mayfly and caddis insects we might be more familiar with. The scud grows in size over it's one year life span through a molting process as in other Crustaceans.
Scuds should be tied on straight hooks as well as the more common curved. This is because, when active, they dart around and extend their bodies to swim. The features that should be included in our creations will incorporate two pair of antennae, two eyes, thirteen individual body segments from the head and eight pairs of appendages that are spread to the end of the body. There is no tail as they are not true shrimp.
I fish Scuds as part of my regular routine. There is nothing like a white Scud to get a big brown trouts interest. In waters where this rich food form is present, they should be part of your daily routine.