Tying Video – Dave Whitlock’s Red Fox Squirrel-Hair Nymph

The latest tying video from Dressed Irons is live on YouTube and it is the Whitlock Red Fox Squirrel-Hair Nymph.  The Red Fox Squirrel nymph (for short) is a very versatile nymph that does not mimic any specific aquatic insect but rather a wide range of insects.  It is made primarily with Squirrel hair which will take dyes very easily and can be tied in different configurations and colors to more resemble specific insects if needed.  I have found having  a number of these in size 10 through 14 as basic nymphs and having some with a bead head work well on most trout streams.  For bass and panfish I like a larger version with a bead and rubber legs.  

The video will show you how to tie the basic Whitlock Red Fox Squirrel-Hair Nymph and talks about how the dubbing is made for the nymph.  Dave Whitlock has a nice article (in a PDF) on his website that talks abut the history and development of the pattern.  It also has details about tying it and fishing it that are well worth the time to read.  I did not write a step by step article for this fly as it is very simple and the video does a great job at showing how the fly is tied.

As always, if you have any questions about this fly (or any other) you can leave a comment on Dressed Irons or any of the videos I have produced and I will help in anyway I can.   Enjoy!


Remember…..  It’s Fly tying…..  If you’re not having fun, You’re Doin’ It Wrong.

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