Scud Shellback

Tying saltwater patterns is a snap with our shellback fly tying material.


Flexible, translucent material is great for creating scud backs, wing casings, shrimp backs, and hopper wings. 2.5 yards per bag. App. 1⁄8" wide. Saltwater fly tying material in clear, olive, tan, amber, brown, black, pink.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.7 / 5 based on 10 reviews


10 of 10 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Reliability and quality - 8/18/2014
    By: from Central North Carolina

    I need or can't find locally. I try to go to the local store as often as I can just because of the "drool" factor involved and being up close and personal with the merchandise. They are always a big help when I need something or I am not sure of what I need and I know that I am getting great quality in my purchases.

  • 5/5

    scud shell back - 4/1/2014

    I used this product to make wing cases on stone flies an excellent product .

  • 4/5

    scud skin - 3/28/2014
    By: from Houston, texas

    the product is just as i expected and perfect for the use of making scuds.

  • 5/5

    Versatille - works great - 3/24/2014
    By: from Las Vegas, NV

    This shellback has plenty of stretch and the brown color works great for a range of dubbing colors, particularly with red/rust colored antron to make one killer scud pattern.

  • 5/5

    Lifelike Scud Shellback - 2/13/2014
    By: from Polonia, WI

    I used the Tan colored shellback. I put it on a cardboard first so it would not tend to tangle. It has a indentation running right down the middle and makes it easy to center the shellback on the hook.. The tan is light so I color the dubbing with a sketch pen prior to puling it over the body. Works great very lifelike.

  • 5/5

    Best material for scud backs - 3/22/2013
    By: from Virginia
    Top 500 Contributor

    Put that sandwich baggie down and give this stuff a try! It is a fantastic stretchy translucent material that comes in so many colors and holds up to years in fly boxes. That other plastic you were using? It will last maybe a year before it starts deteriorating. That is because most of those plastics are designed to break down over time. Nobody wants that in our landfills forever. This soft material was designed for chemical and UV resistance. The fact that it is soft, see through and takes colors well works in favor of the fly tyer. It stretches like a rubber band over your fly for a shell back or wing case. Pick some up, you won't regret it.

  • 4/5

    Decent buy - 2/27/2013
    By: from Hollis, ME
    Top 500 Contributor

    My local shop sells this stuff but in limited colors and in tiny proportions. I thought Orvis did pretty well with this. The price is reasonable as is the ammount of material you get. If you are like me any time you buy material like this you wonder if you couldn't just buy a big sheet, roll, or spool of it. But hey, no real complaints here & I picked up enough that it ought to last a while.

  • 4/5

    Scud Shell Back - 10/22/2012
    By: from North Yorkshire
    Top 250 Contributor

    Very easy to use, gives a good segmented effect on czech nymphs and shrimps when tied in with mono and so far it appears fairly resistant to trout teeth (makes my flies last longer which I like).

  • 5/5

    Best material I have found for shrimp backs - 8/19/2011
    By: from Twyford, Berkshire, UK

    I have used many materials in my fly tying time (which is considerable) and I love this stuff. If for instance you are tying a shrimp just cut a v-shape at the rear of the hook and tie in and when it is time to tie down at the head do so with your thread and then use something like 6X tippet material to make a rib. It digs into the back making it look very segmented. Great material always in my kit.

  • 5/5

    Good for scuds etc. - 3/13/2011
    By: from Minneapolis, MN
    Top 50 Contributor

    Bought these to try out some new techniques when tieing scud shellback flies as well as some other types of flies. The lighter ones tend to not look at good as the darker colors in my opinion, but they definitely make your fly look buggier in that small aquatic insect sort of way. Overall, I'm very happy with their price and ability to be used in my tieing. Very easy to tie in over traditional hare's ears etc. to give them that scud back look, and using a little ultra wire or very fine wire to tie them in place adds nice segmentation to the look of the fly. We'll see how the trout like them when the winter finally breaks here in Minnesota!

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