A story today from the front lines of flyfishing research, deep in the heart of the Driftless. Here, amidst a dizzying maze of perfect trout streams, a new bug is born. Mat Wagner of the Driftless Angler in Viroqua, Wisconsin explains the origins of the MW Scud:
“I was tired of the ‘space helmet’ look of commercially tied scuds,” Mat says. “They always seemed a little off to me.” He makes a gesture to indicate a scud wearing a space helmet, trying to swim around. His point is made.
At the same time, Mat was paying close attention to Czech-style nymphs that were dominating competitive flyfishing circuits. In particular, he was drawn to the “hot spot” concept of Czech nymph design.
“So I was looking at the nymphs these competitive guys were using, how they all have a bright spot of color somewhere in the body, and I had been thinking about ways to integrate a tungsten bead into the fly, and the light went on.”
Mat located a source for florescent painted tungsten “Bomb Beads,” and built them into the center of a scud. They kicked SERIOUS ass.
“The MW Scud kinda serves double duty,” Matt says. “It’s a nice heavy scud, but it could also be an egg. Our trout eat a lot of drifting roe depending on the season, and that’s a strong urge.”
And so another great Idylwilde fly is born, all thanks to a thinking man, who’s also a “doing” man. It’s guys like Mat that help the rest of us look like rock stars. Thanks, Mat!