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  • Go To Fly for the Hooch~Red Squirrel

    I don't hear anything about this fly anymore. I still keep them in my fly box. When I fished the hooch in an earlier life (25 years ago) the "Red Squirrel" was my GO TO fly, 10-12 & 14's weighted (bead head) and not. I quartered cast and fished it like a streamer. I still see this fly at the fly shops. Next time you're at the fly shop pick up one.

    If I could only pick one fly for the Hooch. This just might be the one for me.

    What would be your GO TO fly for the Hooch?

  • #2
    U have a pic of one?


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    • #3
      It was working for me yesterday, Remoh! Everything tan/light was working and I dug one out of the bottom of my box when I lost my other light colored nymphs. fish were hitting in on the swingle and dangle


      Originally posted by Remoh View Post
      I don't hear anything about this fly anymore. I still keep them in my fly box. When I fished the hooch in an earlier life (25 years ago) the "Red Squirrel" was my GO TO fly, 10-12 & 14's weighted (bead head) and not. I quartered cast and fished it like a streamer. I still see this fly at the fly shops. Next time you're at the fly shop pick up one.

      If I could only pick one fly for the Hooch. This just might be the one for me.

      What would be your GO TO fly for the Hooch?

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      • #4
        I remember that someone recommended that fly to me a while back. I need to find a recipe for it. My favorite fly has got to be a Bead Head Hares Ear tied with a hot spot. It has caught me tons of fish since I started tying it about a year ago now. Tie it in any color and catch fish with it all the time. Here's a picture.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by chasman View Post
          U have a pic of one?


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          • #6
            Red Fox,

            Remoh, worked on the Toccoa DH today also. TRW

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            • #7
              Awesome. Thanks for pic. Haven't used that before. Looking forward to trying it out.


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              • #8
                Originally posted by aknezo View Post
                I remember that someone recommended that fly to me a while back. I need to find a recipe for it. My favorite fly has got to be a Bead Head Hares Ear tied with a hot spot. It has caught me tons of fish since I started tying it about a year ago now. Tie it in any color and catch fish with it all the time. Here's a picture.

                That's a nice looking fly Aknezo. I just started back tying. I'm going to tie some nymphs with hot spots soon. I found a fly I'm focused in on- on vimeo.com it's called "Double Standard" check that out. Also there is a fellow named "Mikel" on Vimeo. He must be from Portugal (English sub titles) I speak broken Spanish but his Spanish is different. Mikal ties some phenomenal flies

                [ame="http://vimeo.com/26551626"]Double Standard on Vimeo[/ame]
                [ame="http://vimeo.com/32901072"]FLYMAGE FLY TYING 1 on Vimeo[/ame]

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                • #9
                  Thanks Remoh! On slow days the hot spot seems to attract the fish to the fly better. I don't think there is a problem with spooking any large river fish, but I will probably use more natural flies on smaller streams.

                  The guys over at Tighline Productions tie up some great flies. I learned to tie by watching those videos and attempting to tie them. I will have to check out mikel. From the looks of it, he ties up some realistic looking flies.
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                  • #10
                    [QUOTE=aknezo;759309]I remember that someone recommended that fly to me a while back.

                    I found out from one of our members it's a Dave Whitlock pattern. It uses belly fur from a Fox Squirrel aka Red Squirrel. I haven't seen a Fox Squirrel in 20 years. Fox Squirrels are 3 times the size of a typical grey squirrel. They look like small cats climbing in the trees. My buddy said Feather Craft (St. Louis) carries Fox squirrel pelts. I just checked their website. They have 'em.

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                    • #11
                      I started tying the double standard about a year ago. One of the first flies I learned to tie. I saw it on the midcurrent website. This has turned in to one of my go to flies. I usually fish it as the bottom fly when double nymphing.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by cremator View Post
                        I started tying the double standard about a year ago. One of the first flies I learned to tie. I saw it on the midcurrent website. This has turned in to one of my go to flies. I usually fish it as the bottom fly when double nymphing.
                        I was intrigued by the "double standard", the best of 2 worlds. I've watched hundreds of fly tying videos and this pattern is on my to do list. I think I'm going to wrap some extra lead and use a tungsten bead. I need to pick up some feathers at the shop today.

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                        • #13
                          Red Squirrel - good DH pattern

                          I used the Red Squirrel on the Tooga a few years ago and the results were amazing. I've tried the pattern a few times since then, but I don't think I've caught a single fish on that pattern other than on DH water. I can't help but wonder if it looks like a wet pellet to the freshly stocked DH fish. Despite my suspicions, I always keep a few Red Squirrel nymphs in my fly box for DH fishing.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Remoh View Post

                            I found out from one of our members it's a Dave Whitlock pattern. It uses belly fur from a Fox Squirrel aka Red Squirrel. I haven't seen a Fox Squirrel in 20 years. Fox Squirrels are 3 times the size of a typical grey squirrel. They look like small cats climbing in the trees. My buddy said Feather Craft (St. Louis) carries Fox squirrel pelts. I just checked their website. They have 'em.
                            Here's a recipe if anyone is interested...

                            DESIGNED BY: Dave Whitlock
                            HOOK: 5263
                            THREAD: Black
                            TAIL: Hare's mask
                            RIB: Gold tinsel
                            BODY: Red fox squirrel mixed with brown and black Antron
                            LEGS: Mottled brown hen hackle

                            From the recipe it sounds very similar to a soft hackle hares ear. Except the addition of the red fox squirrel dubbing and antron, which a reddish colored hares dubbing could probably be substituted for. I will tie some up with the reddish hares dub and see how the work for me. Or is the red fox squirrel dubbing the magic that catches all the fish???
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                            • #15
                              Thanks Aidan. I'll get some materials accordingly. It's a good fly. I'm working on Holiday Themed nymphs, lol

                              I think NGTO should have a Holiday Themed Fly contest. Tie a fly and catch a fish with it would be the criteria?

                              I tied some flies yesterday (nymphs) and I'm calling them Santa Babies. Lots of red and green.

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