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 love tying and fishing these quick simple flies. I bought a nice set of Persalls silk a while ago, so I really should be putting it to good use. I’ve also got quite a few feathers, starling, partridge and plover to use. I’m sure I’m missing out on some surface action right now by not carrying a few soft hackles. If you are into the soft-hackles, also check out my Black Gnat from a couple years back.
Hook: Alec Jackson Trout Country or TMC3761 #12-#18
Thread/Body: Pearsalls Gossamer purple silk
Thorax: Peacock herl
Hans is quickly becoming one of my favorite tyers to watch online. Simple flies like this that catch fish are always welcome additions to my flybox. I’m sort of a cram session tyer, stocking up a box the night before, so having patterns such as this really comes in handy.
This is one of the best flies to begin a tying career. These flies are simple to tie. Tying a glass bead midge teaches how to wrap thread and how to rib a body. Probably the best reason for tying this pattern is, that despite being so simple to tie, it catches loads of fish. For the waters I regularly fish, it makes more sense to tie a few dozen of these rather than tying a box full of wooly buggers.
Vary the thread colors to include black, olive, and red bodies. The availability of wire and thread colors makes for endless color combinations.