Whitlock’s Red Fox Squirrel Nymph
The Red Fox Squirrel Nymph has caught fish nearly everywhere I have been and is a staple in my box. I usually tie these in sizes 12-16. Use a bead if you like. The soft hackle seems to be important to this fly’s success. Some tiers omit the soft hackle but I would take the extra time to add one. The Red Fox Squirrel Nymph is an all purpose nymph that imitates stonefly nymphs, caddis fly larvae, and mayfly nymphs.
Dave Whitlock’s Red Fox Squirrel...
This soft hackled Hare’s Ear pattern, tied on a jig style hook, is effective and quick fly to tie. The bugginess from the hare’s ear dubbing combined with the pink “hot spot” thorax make it irresistible. I typically tie it in a size 14, but it could easily be tied up to a size 8 and down to a size 16. This fly looks great when the body color is changed to olive or black.
- Hook: Umpqua C400BL Size 10-16
This is a pattern that some crafty fly tier on the Bighorn River? came up with. It works like hotcakes in the spring, especially on tailwaters like the Bighorn. Tie it with a pink, tan, or gray body. Wapsi Sow-Scud Dubbing is the preferred dubbing. Ice dubbing would also make a great version of this fly- try UV Tan, UV Gray, or UV Shrimp Pink.