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Activity Tie Along Meeting with Corey Thelan
January 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Corey will be leading the January tie along activity from the wilds of Wisconsin! He will be directing us all in tying the Pink Squirrel and Rusty’s Spinner.
Here are the two flies I will be tying.
Hook: Heavy Curved Scud Hook, Size 10-14
Thread: 6/0 Black
Bead: Gold, matched to hook size
Tail: Pearl Krystal Flash
Wire: Medium Copper
Abdomen Dubbing: Hare’s Ear Natural Grey or Tan
Thorax Dubbing: Hot Pink. I use Senyo’s Laser Dubbing with a bit of pink ice dubbing mixed in.
The Pink Squirrel was originally developed by John Bethke for the Wisconsin Driftless streams. The original fly has a thorax tied with shrimp pink chenille and is tied very chunky. I find dubbing is a bit easier to work with. It mimics a pregnant scud and will work anywhere with a scud or freshwater shrimp population.
Hook: Daiichi 1280 or similar, size 10-14
Thread: 6/0 Brown or Black
Tail: Moose Maine, 4-5 Hairs
Body: Natural Deer Hair
Wing: Grizzly Hen Hackle Points
Hackle: Brown and Grizzly
This is an Au Sable pattern developed by Rusty Gates. The deer hair body and hackle make the fly very buoyant and the hen hackle wings give it an excellent spinner profile. Tied in a larger size it mimics a Brown Drake, Hex, or even an Iso. In smaller sizes they imitate a variety of brown mayflies. In my opinion, the slim profile and natural materials make this is one of the prettiest dry fly patterns.