Freshwater shrimp, or scuds, are a staple item in a trout’s diet. From the day the ice comes off until the day it goes back on, shrimp are never a bad option to tie on during periods of slow fishing or early/late in the day.
This particular fly is one of the only shrimp patterns I fish. I gained a huge appreciation for it during a day of ice-off stillwater fishing in April of 2011. Fishing was incredibly slow, I had only hooked two fish all day and went into a shallow flat that wasn’t more than 3 feet deep for last light.