Fly Tying a Pink Squirrel – Classic American Nymph Pattern

Created by John Bethke (circa early 2000s) of Westby, WI, the Pink Squirrel has found popularity throughout the Driftless region (and the west in general). A simple but effective fly, the pattern is thought to be a general attractor nymph or possibly even a scud.

Hook: #10-16 heavy scud
Bead: Gold, sized to match hook
Thread: Brown
Weight: Wire, sized to match hook
Tail: Krystal flash
Rib: Red wire
Body: Squirrel fur (with amber Sparkle Yarn if desired)
Collar: Pink chenille (or fur on the smaller sizes)

Author: Matt O