The Squirrel and Ginger Caddis Emerger tying video

When it comes to soft-hackles, feathers get all the juice. That’s perfectly understandable. But certain furs – like fox squirrel – make excellent hackling material. The results are often deliciously buggy.

Such is the case with the Squirrel and Ginger caddis emerger. This humble creation is something I made up a few summers ago. I took the Ginger Caddis Larva fuzzy nymph and swapped out the standard wet fly hook for a scud hook. Added a flashy rib. And replaced the rabbit fur thorax with a hackle of fox squirrel.

The first time I fished this fly was on a brilliant July day that was devoid of hatch activity or rising fish. The sun was high, the air was steamy, and felt a little foolish for making the drive to the Farmington. Until I started hooking fish after fish on this little caddis emerger. It was the middle fly in a team of three, and the trout stated in no uncertain terms that this was their favorite.

The Squirrel and Ginger is a fine introduction to fur-hackled flies. It is fairly easy to tie. Best of all, it’s a wet fly you can have confidence in.

Hook: TMC 2457 (2x strong, 2x wide, 2x short scud) size 12
Thread: Orange or hot orange
Body: Ginger Angora goat
Rib: Green Krystal flash
Hackle: Fox squirrel fur
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The Squirrel and Ginger Rogues’ Gallery

7/8/13, Farmington River

Brown Buck 7:8:13

4/24/13, Farmington River

Bigbrown hen

7/31/13, wild brown, Farmington River

WIld Farmy Brown 7:13

4/29/15, 17″ holdover brown, Farmington River

Fat Farmy Hen 4:15

14 comments on “The Squirrel and Ginger Caddis Emerger tying video

  1. Henry Hollis says:

    Hi,
    Where can I get some Squirrel and Ginger wet flies.
    Henry Hollis

  2. Joel Stewart says:

    Great pattern, I will give it a try. Ever use it on the Juniata in PA?

  3. Joel Stewart says:

    Gotta get me some red & grey squirrel. I have tails, need pelts. Off to Amazon, since in CA they frown on taking them in the parks, which is the only place we have them.

  4. Mina says:

    Steve,
    Do you ever tie the squirrel and ginger in smaller sizes for the late summer smaller caddis?

  5. Gary says:

    Nice looking fly Steve. Will have to try put this together and give it a whirl. Cheers.

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