Sunday, July 8, 2018

Squirrel Tails

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.






12 comments:

  1. All lovely variations, Alan. Bound to be catchers.

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    1. William Shuck
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      Bill I have experience with one and it works.
      The middle one. The others are untested.

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  2. Alan
    Impressed with all three fly patterns, just wondering if you have tried any of these on the Farmington? Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      Yes Bill, the middle fly.

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    1. Howard Levett
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      And I might add effective to.

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  4. Brook Trout, can you re-submit your comment to the Two Terriers, Iopend the page and it disappeared before my very eyes! All I saw was Brk Trt. All the best John

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  5. Great ties Alan. I'm getting back to squirrel but I have trouble locking it in. Not enough head cement I guess. Your heads are beautiful.

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    1. bill piatek
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      Bill before you tie the squirrel in put a bit of cement on the spot you intend to tie it in. Take the hair and put a thread wrap loosely and then tie it down. Take several thread wraps and then apply the cement again. When dry build you head and it should hold up well.

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