The Rubber Leg Fox Squirrel nymph is one of Dave Whitlock better patterns. The movement of the legs and hackle collar makes it a tempting food source for trout. This is one of customer Dave Bade favorite fly and is sometimes referred to as the Bade Special.
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|Hook:||TMC 5262, Size 10-16.
|Thread:||Brown or Orange 6/0.
|Weight:||Tungsten Bead to hook size.
|Body:||Fox Squirrel Belly Fur Dubbing.
|Tail:||Guard Hairs from Fox Squirrel back.
|Legs:||Sli Legs Orange Barred.
|Ribbing:||Thin pearl mylar.
|Thorax:||Fox Squirrel back fur dubbing.
Fish Fox Squirrel as you would any nymph pattern under an indicator.
- Mount the bead on the hook. Lay several twist of lead wire under the bead
- Place the hook in the vise and start the thread behind the bead. (Sliding lead wire under the bead will keep it from wobbling.) Lay a thread base down the shank and half way down the bend.
- From the back of a fox squirrel cut off a tuff of fur. Clean out the under fur leaving the guard hairs. Tie the guard hair in at the bend of the hook and along the shank.
- Tie in a section of mylar at the end of the fly.
- Dub fox squirrel belly fur two-third of the way back towards the bead.
- Wind the mylar ribbing forward and tie off.
- Tie in the Sli Legs on both sides of the thorax (between the body and bead)
- (Optional)Tie on a partridge hackle in front of the rear legs.
- Using fox squirrel back fur, dub a thorax between the legs.
- Wind the partridge forward and tie off behind the front legs.
- Tie off and whip finish behind the bead.
Flies or materials are available at T. Hargrove Fly Fishing, Inc.
Saint Louis, Missouri 63144
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