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Compiled by Deanna Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
Here is another fly from Trout Country Flies,
From the Greater Yellowstone Area Masters by
This fly originated along the Idaho-Montana border
separating Island Park from the Centennial Valley.
Jack Schneider created it for Henry's, Wade, Cliff,
and Elk lakes to simulate shrimp, caddis and midge
pupa and dragonfly nymphs. It was effective enough
to gain nationwide popularity. Perhaps the most
notable variation is that by Polly Rosborough who
who substituted teal flank fibers for the squirrel
tail wing and picked out dubbed guard hairs to form
a beard at the bottom of the head. Some variations
have a wing of red squirrel tail hair.
Credits: Photo, recipe and quoted text from Trout Country
Flies, by Bruce Staples, Published by Frank
Originator: Jack Schneider, 1940s.
Hook: Mustad 3906B, or equivalent, size 4-16.
Thread: Black 3/0.
Body: Dubbed full from muskrat fur.
Wing: Gray squirrel tail hairs extending above bend.
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