Black & Yellow squirrel by Henrik Båge
This fly has become one of my absolute favorites. It has the ability to catch fish even when conditions are not the best. I use them for the most part in smaller sizes from 3 to 6 cm. Especially when the river's water is low and the fishes are a bit more careful. Bigger copies of 6 to 12 centimetres I use when the rivers water is normal or if it is full of color. Then I often tie them on a bigger turbo tub or on a copper tub.
This is how I to tie my squirrel
I burn a enlargement on the backend of the yellow x-small tube before it is placed on the tube needle. The turbo tube is pushed on. A few turns of tying thread are placed in front of the metal tube before a few more is placed up on the metal tube. A drop of superglue fixates the two.
A small amount of dubbing is tied on infront of the metal tubes rear "cup". The dubbing is not brushed, it will act as a "pillow" for the wing. A small bundle of about three centimetres long hair is cut from a squirrel tail. It is cleansed from shorter hair before it is placed in front of the dubbing. A couple of loose turns with the tying thread are laid before I tighten them and make some hard turns. The hair that sticks forward is cleared off before a small drop of superglue fixates the wing firmly. One strand of copper flash is attached and doubled back.
A small feather is fastened in front of the wing. Two hard turns with the feather are laid up on the turbo tube and two in front of it, down on the x-small tube. The stem is cut off. A bundle of slightly stiffer hair is prepared carefully before it is placed in front of the hackle. The excess hair pointing forward is cut away.
Two small JungleCook feathers is tied in on each side. A small drop of superglue fixes it all before the turbo cone is pushed up against the wing and hackle. The X-small tube is cut off leaving about three millimetres. I use a lighter to melt it down.
Red Francis (or Frances) is one of those love & hate flies. Every salmon angler usually has a opinion about it. We think that you should carry a few always in your box. Read our tips for fishing with Red Francis and have a look on the step-by-step tying tutorial.