Red Fox Squirrel Jig

With Some Squirrel Bugginess

This is a take on a classic pattern that has produced very well for me over the years.  There are many materials that can be used to tie this fly that was designed by Dave Whitlock many many years ago.  I add a little bit of a modern twist with the jig hook and a squirrel collar.  Just to make sure this bug still works, I took a size 14 to the local river (in January) and the fish still ate it as if it were July.  It’s worth having in your box in a wide range of sizes and bead weights.


Material List

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Hook: Hanak H 400 BL Jig Hook – 12
Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier – Fl. Orange
Bead: Hanak Round+ Slotted Tungsten Beads – Gold – 4.0mm
Tail: Flash Sale Hackle 77 – Whiting 4B Hen Saddle – Variant (Speckled Brown)
Body: Nature’s Spirit Hare’s Mask Dubbing – Sulphur Orange
Rib: UTC Ultra Wire – Sculpin Olive – Brassie
Thorax: Nature’s Spirit Hare’s Mask Dubbing – Brown
Collar: Squirrel Body Pieces – Natural Gray
Alternate Hook: Hanak H 480 BL Jig Hook – 12
Alternate Bead: Firehole Stones Plated Slotted Tungsten Beads – Gold – 4.0mm (5/32″)
Alternate Bead: Hareline Slotted Tungsten Beads – Gold – 5/32″ (3.8mm)

Other tools from the tutorial:
 

Swiss CDC MultiClamp