For those who love small streams, wild trout, and life...in their simplest form
Sunday, July 8, 2018
The squirrel tail streamer. A long time ago when I was in the early days of fly fishing I loved fishing the Natchaug river in eastern Connecticut. I would finish work and head for the river and try for some of the browns and rainbows that were stocked in that beautiful river. It was on the Natchaug that I was introduced to the fly known simply as the "squirrel tail". The fly was simple using only a silver tinsel body and gray squirrel for the wing. The gentleman who introduced me to the fly made my evenings much more productive using the squirrel tail streamer. I have tied a few variations of the squirrel tail using different body materials and colors along with variations of squirrel colors. All of them have been tied on Mustad 3665A #10 hooks, which I think is the best hook for this fly.
The first flt uses a red floss body with a silver tinsel rib. The throat is yellow hackle and the wing bleached gray squirrel tail.
This fly uses a orange floss body, gold tinsel rib, an orange hackle throat and natural pine squirrel for the wing.
This fly takes on a "Royal" look. The tail is golden pheasant tippets, the butt is peacock, the body is red floss ending with more peacock at the front. The throat is brown hackle and the wing bleached gray squirrel.