Red Fox Squirrel Nymph
Tied by: Deborah Oklahoma, US
Deborah

Deborah
10 months ago

Whitlock dubbing blend for the thorax and abdomen
Gold tinsel for rib
Mallard flank tail
Grouse for hackle

One of my favorite patterns! Just realized there wasn't any fox squirrel used... hmmm.

Bill Trublubug
10 months ago

Nice looking RSFN’s Deborah. Not sure where you got the dubbing blend, but the original recipe from Whitlock called for both belly and back fur from the squirrel. You needed to cut and chop the hair to make the dubbing look “buggy”. More recent versions use various ratios of squirrel and synthetic sparkle dubbing (usually 60:40). The abdomen uses the belly fur (light) and the thorax uses the back fur. The pre-mixed stuff you purchase may or may not actually have real squirrel. I remember the mess it made to have to skin the fur off the hide and then make it a usable length. The ready-made stuff looks just as buggy and on some waters, the extra sparkle makes a more attractive fly. Supposedly this pattern was heavily influenced by Polly Rosenbourgh’s hair nymphs from the late 50’s/early 60’s. Whitlock used the red fox hair because it was locally and easily available. Tied on jig hooks like this makes a good fly a great fly in my opinion. I don’t doubt this is one of your favorites.

Deborah
10 months ago

@trublubug the dubbing blend is from SLF. Thank you so much for taking the time to go into a diy and give some history, I really enjoyed that read!! I tried hunting for some of our fox squirrels this past fall, every time I see one it just looks like a nice big handful of flies (plus some dinner) hopping around.

Bill Trublubug
10 months ago

You may have the tying “disease” as fully as I do. I can’t look at much of anything without thinking “I could make a great fly with that”. Don’t be too disturbed by the disease comment though. I’ve had it for over 60 years and I know it’s not deadly. (Unless you are collecting something like Cape Buffalo hair from live animals). LOL LOL LOL.

Bill Trublubug
10 months ago

Deborah, if you want to know for sure that you have the disease, check out a post here I named “A Test”. Read the comments from others as well. We are all inflicted. 😜

Deborah
9 months ago

@trublubug Hahah, yes I totally saw legs right off the bat! What's also funny is that the first dozen or so of the RFS I had used my corgi's (Picasso) fur and blended it with red SLF. I think it looked pretty good.

Bill Trublubug
9 months ago

Best gray dubbing I ever used was the underfur from our Maine Coon cat (Patches). Brandy, our Golden Retriever, Toby, our Black Lab, and Fred our orange tabby cat all contributed over the years. I love Corgi’s although I’ve never owned one personally. They are just so sweet a dog and that red or sable color variety is perfect for so many patterns. 😜

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