As we all know Scud back is relatively expensive for the amount of
material you actually get. I have found the exact match in, where else, a sewing
shop. The material that we pay around $3 for in fly shop can be had in
the sewing shops for pennies a yard, instead of dollars per yard. It is
actually bathing suit elastic, it comes in various widths from 3/4 inch all
the way down to 1/8th inch. It is clear, has the same metallic fleck as
Scud back and has the incredible stretch of scud back. It is sewn into the
seams of womens bathing suits so that it clings tightly to the body.
It takes a permanent marker very well if you choose to color the
material for your favorite pattern. I pay 35 cents a yard at my local
Another use for Scud back I have found is overwrapping a
dubbed nymph body to produce a very segmented, slightly shiny, and
translucent look. Go buy some today and you will see what I mean.
You will never pay the high price for Scud back again.
Cheers and happy tying. ~ Paul Jacobsen
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