Squirrels Nest Recipe
Hook: Standard Scud#12-18
Thread: Olive Dun Uni-thread
Abdomen: Natural Grey Squirrel
Rib: Fine Gold Wire
Wing: Dark Brown Biot
Thorax: Olive Ice-Dub
Bead: Gold Tungsten
The Squirrels Nest Nymph
The Squirrels Nest Nymph is a prospecting nymph for all waters. Dead-drifted or beneath an indicator, this pattern repeatedly brings fish to hand. A fast pattern to tie, you'll be thankful, because you will be refilling this bin repeatedly throughout the season.
A local Pond somewhere near Voorhees NJ
Tonight I had the pleasure of visiting a few local ponds that I knew nothing about. Located in the middle of rush-hour traffic and shopping plazas. These little gems were a pleasant surprise.
My Starting point was wading along the weedy edge, casting a black deer hair popper.
My reward for my efforts was a few missed strikes, and this little bass that hit and fought bigger than he was.
Switching to a Foam Butt Caddis, I eventually turned to one of my favorite pastimes. Hunting the lily pads for gills.
As usual, they couldn't resit the barred rubber legs of the FBC.
My prize for the night? This fat copper-belly. It just doesn't get any better than poppers, pads and gills.
Walt hunting for the big boys. With a couple bass and a pike to his credit.
Many thanks to a generous friend who was willing to share a few local waters with this South Jersey transplant. No better way to spend a mild summer night, than wading lily pads with a friend.
My choice of Streamer hooks for local waters, is the Daiichi 2370 Talleur 7XL in #10
I begin by pairing up and staging my wing hackles. Here you see 3 different sets of wing & shoulder hackles. Careful consideration for opposing sides of the hackle and matching feathers is taken.
Next step is to prep the hackles for gluing. Making sure to match both side and size.
Matched sets glued with Sally Hansen's Hard-as-Nails. First marrying the primary hackles and allowing them to dry, then attaching the shoulders.
The finished products Left-to-right,: Furnace Green, Yella Dog & Long Creek
The Valley Caddis Nymph is one of my personal favorites. Tied originally for Valley Creek in Valley Forge PA, it began as a whim at the vise and ended up one of my best producing nymphs on most every water. Sometimes you tie a pattern with the best of hopes and it just spends time getting wet and enjoying the stream. The Valley Caddis spends most of it's time drifting along and getting chewed on. Which is a good thing, as far as fly patterns go. Easy to tie and productive on the water.
|The End Result|
|From The Beginning|
|Out of quarantine|
|The Drying Rack|
My dryer? Well, that tends to be any warm place in direct sun I can find. Most often my bilco doors to the basement. I prefer direct sunlight to blow drying.
|Now it's Hackle|
Once dried completely and prepped, they now are no longer simply feathers. They now become hackle, for use on the tying bench in many of my favorite patterns.
|The Copper Jake, in both Bead-head form and weighted|
|Two Identical C2C Nymphs|
|Same identical C2C Nymphs, with the one on the left wet.|
|Twin Bridges, Huntington Creek, PA |
Where trout live those of us who pursue them will inevitably cross bridges. They come with the package, in all shapes and sizes. Bridges have always held a special place in my heart. Maybe it's because even as a youth riding shotgun with my dad when traveling to a stream, more often then not the feeling of the truck slowing as we approached a bridge was the signal of the start of the days fishing. Or it may be the feeling I always get when I approach a footbridge, that somebody must have placed it "right there" for a reason. Or the big obvious covered bridges that carry with it historic background. Yet they don't have to be historic symbols of our heritage to be important to a fisherman. They can range from beautiful covered bridges centuries old, to recently built access bridges on a popular water. Each one either holds a symbolic meaning, or a memory of the water it spanned.
|Valley Creeks Knoxx Library Foot Bridge|
|Valley Creek Covered Bridge|
|Upper Letort Heritage Waters Foot bridge|
|Little Lehigh Heritage Waters Bridge|
|Benner Springs Bridge, Spring Creek State College|
|Falling Spings Foot Bridge|
|Loyalsock Covered Bridge, Forksville PA|
|Tie in thread and wrap back to the point even with the barb of the hook.|
|Tie in the moose body hair extended shank-length, then wrap down forward firmly to the 1/3 point of the shank.|
|Tie in the badger hackle|
|Palmer the body hackle forward evenly and tie off.|
|Tie in your wings, divide evenly and secure with a small drop of head cement. Move the thread back to the abdomen|
|Tie in your hackle, followed by one peacock herl. Bring the thread forward to the position of the head.|
|Wrap an even Collar forward with the peacock herl.|
|Wrap the hackle forward, form a clean head and whip finish..|
See You on the water!