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Red Fox Squirrel Nymph
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Pattern Red Fox Squirrel Nymph
Red Fox Squirrel Nymph
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Category Nymphs
Entered Sat, 27 Aug 2005
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Hook: TMC 5262 #10-18 Bead: Gold Colored brass or Tungsten Weight: Lead Wire Thread: 8/0 UNI Rusty Brown Tail: Mottled Brown Hen Saddle Feather fibers OR Guard hairs from a red fox squirrel hide...like you're gonna have that laying around! Rib: Gold Ultra-Wire, Brassie size Abdomen: Whitlock's Red Fox Squirrel Belly Dubbing Thorax: Whitlock's Red Fox Squirrel Back Dubbing Hackle: Mottled hen saddle Feather Head: Whitlock's Red Fox Squirrel Back Dubbing
Pattern Description
Let's say there was this guy, and let's say he was from, oh, let's say Kalamazoo, Michigan. Let's say this guy had been harping on a certain fly tyer to add a certain pattern to this certain website. Let's say that very patient and compassionate fly tyer had finally given in and complied with this request. Let's say this is the reason why this fly is on the site and take it from there. The Red Fox Squirrel Nymph is a creation from the vise of the ubiquitous Dave Whitlock. The RFSN is Dave's answer to the Hare's Ear nymph, and is built along the same scruffy guidelines. The addition of the soft hackle collar is optional, but seems to have become a standard feature these days. The RFSN can be fished for a variety of fish species, and imitates an equally varied collection of insects. Mayflies, stoneflies, scuds, and a plethora of other creepy crawlies are matched by this non-descript pattern. A really simple pattern to tie, with countless variations (bead head, no bead, rubber leg, marabou tail, flash back etc...)the Red Fox can be a great pattern in the right hands. It's just too plain ugly for my tastes, but a certain guy in Kalamazoo would argue that point til the end.