Squirrel Hair Nymph – Fly Tying Appalachian/Great Smoky Mountain Trout Patterns

An olive variant of Dave Whitlock’s famous Red Fox Squirrel Hair Nymph that has been popular in the Great Smoky Mountains since its inception in the 1960s. This version substitutes the red fox squirrel for an olive gray squirrel dubbed body.

Hook: #10-18 2x long nymph
Thread: Black 8/0
Weight: 0.015 lead free
Tail: Fox squirrel tail
Rib: Oval gold tinsel (wire for smaller sizes)
Abdomen: Olive squirrel dubbing mix
Thorax: Squirrel dubbing
Hackle: Partridge, natural or brown

*** Great Smoky Mountain Fly Tying Books used in this series ***

Hatches and Fly Patterns of the Great Smoky Mountains, by Don Kirk, https://amzn.to/2HLZuVT
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Angler’s Companion, by Ian Rutter, https://amzn.to/2HQwDQr
Southeastern Flies, by L.J. DeCuir, https://amzn.to/3l0McTG

Author: Matt O