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How To Tie A Soft Hackle Fox Squirrel Nymph


If I had to choose one all-around nymph pattern for trout fishing in the upper Midwest, it would be Whitlock’s red fox squirrel nymph.

It’s on par with the pheasant tail and hare’s ear nymphs for its impressionistic appearance and close resemblance to a host of aquatic insects, it’s effective throughout the season, and it entices strikes from selective stream trout and spawning salmon alike. In short, it just plain works.

Like all of my favorite fly patterns, it’s easy to tie and can be altered to fit your preferences – tied with or without a bead, soft-hackled or without hackle, sparse or bushy – they all work.

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