Korn's Wire Head Scud

Korn's Wire Head Scud tied and photographed by Doug Korn
Materials List:
Hook: Vintage Mustad 9548A size 12 scud hook (equivalent to a size ~ #16 in today's sizing)
Thread: Danville 6/0 dark olive
Scud Back: Uni-Mylar  #13 3/64" Pearl
Rib and Head: copper wire - med.
Body: Red Fox Squirrel dubbing

This is a simple scud pattern that I developed back when I first stared tying.  I used wire wraps to form the heads of flies instead of beads. At the time, I didn't have any beads and it was too expensive to have a wide assortment of different size beads.  So, I just used heavy wire on my larger flies and medium wire on the smaller ones.  Being able to vary the size of the wire and the number of wraps used to form the head gave me infinite adjustment on head size as-well-as the weight of my flies.  I still tie my scuds this way today in; pink, orange, gray and olive as well.

Note: I also tie; PT, GRHE, RS2's and several other nymphs like my version of the Copper John with wire heads.  Maybe I'll do a video, if folks would like to see how it's tied.

I'll be doing videos of both the Korn's WH Scud and the fly below the Korn's WH Stone, stay tuned!
Korn's Wire Head Stone Fly Nymph


  1. i've used wire thoraces for years, never crossed my mind to extend it for heads.
    very clever!


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