, Video: How to Tie the Flying Squirrel Nymph, Salmon Club Iceland

Remember the old commercial for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups featuring the tag line “Two great tastes that taste great together”? Well here’s a nymph pattern based on the same principle. Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions has created a mashup of two of his favorite nymphs–Cal Bird’s Bird’s Nest and Dave Whitlock’s Red Fox Squirrel-Hair Nymph–and the resulting fly is pretty darn buggy and fishy-looking.

In this great how-to video from, Tim demonstrates how to tie his combo pattern, which makes use of some specific dubbing. (Click the links in the recipe to find a source.) Aside from that, the tying process is fairly straightforward. If you need a little extra instruction on splitting the thread to make the dubbing noodle, check out yesterday’s “One-Minute Fly-Tying Tips and Techniques” video.

Flying Squirrel Nymph

          Flying Squirrel Nymph
          Hook: 2X-long nymph hook (here, a Dai-Riki #730), sizes 12-18.
          Bead: Gold tungsten, 7/64-inch.
          Weight: Lead-free wire, .020.
          Thread: UTC Wood Duck, 70-denier.
          Rib: Gold wire, small.
          Tail: Wood duck flank feather.
          Abdomen: Red Squirrel Nymph-Abdomen dubbing.
          Legs: Wood duck flank feather.
          Thorax: Red Squirrel Nymph-Thorax dubbing.
          Head: Tying thread.


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