Fly Tying with Ryan – Pink Squirrel Walts
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The Pink Squirrel has been a staple in the driftless region for quite some time now, and this hybrid with a Sexy Walt’s is a fantastic fly for opportunistic small stream trout. This makes a great attractor nymph in larger sizes, and in smaller sizes, it’s a great dropper below a hopper or terrestrial!
I started tying the Northshore Stonefly Nymph for a client but have been fishing this simplified stonefly nymph pattern designed for trout and steelhead. I tie the fly on a 3xl curved hook like the Mustad C53s, Tiemco 200R or the Partridge K12ST. You could also bens a 4 or 5xl streamer hook if you are in a bind. I use a custom blend of dubbing this fly that is similar to Hareline’s Senyo’s Laser Dub. The process to make your own dubbing is pretty straightforward so if you want to try it out yourself, you can check out the process here. I tie this in black, brown (this version in the video), olive, and golden.
Northshore Stonefly Nymph Fly pattern recipe
Hook: Mustad C53s #6-10
Bead: 4.5mm black brass bead
Thread: Olive 6/0 (140 d)
Tail: Goose biots
Body: Laser dubbing
Rib: Mono or Stretch Magic
Legs: Silicone or rubber strips
Antenna: Goose biots
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