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DAVE WHITLOCK'S RED FOX SQUIRREL-HAIR

leah kirk

An Ozark classic, Dave Whitlock’s Red Fox Squirrel-Hair Nymph, is an effective, anywhere, anytime pattern for taking trout from southern waters. It’s worth noting that according to Whitlock, the squirrel tail hair is completely unsatisfactory for this nymph's body or tail. Hair from the animal's body, not the tail must be used. If red fox squirrel is not available, lightly dye grey fox squirrel with a tangerine or orange dye. You may substitute hare's mask for back fur and bleached muskrat, beaver or Australian opossum for belly fur. (When bleached, a medium grey fur first changes to a color similar to the red fox squirrel's belly.) a color similar to the red fox squirrel's belly.)

 

HOOK:                  Tiemco 5262 (standard & bead head); Tiemco 2313, 2302 (caddis emerger); Tiemco 2457 (scud): Sizes 2-20

THREAD:             Black or orange 70 Wapsi Ultra Thread CEMENT: Dave's Flexament & Zap-A-Gap HOOK

WEIGHTING:     Lead wire, diameter of hook wire, 8 to 12 wraps ABDOMEN: Belly fur from red fox squirrel skin mixed 50/50 with sienna or fox tan Antron dubbing OR Dave Whitlock SLF Dubbing - #1 (blended to my specs). Abdomen should be 1/2 to 2/3 of the overall body length

THORAX:             Back fur from red fox squirrel skin mixed 50/50 with charcoal Antron dubbing OR Dave Whitlock SLF Dubbing - #2

RIB:                       Oval gold tinsel or orange-pearlescent Flashabou

TAIL:                     Small tuft of back fur from red fox squirrel skin

LEGS:                    (On sizes 10 and larger) Metz dark ginger back-hackle or back-hackle of Partridge, one turn NOTE: Squirrel tail hair is completely unsatisfactory for this nymph's body or tail. Hair from the animal's body, not the tail must be used. If red fox squirrel is not available, lightly dye grey fox squirrel with a tangerine or orange dye. You may substitute hare's mask for back fur and bleached muskrat, beaver or Australian opossum for belly fur. (When bleached, a medium grey fur first changes to a color similar to the red fox squirrel's belly.)a color similar to the red fox squirrel's belly.)