Fly Tied By: David
Recipe By: John Brekke, Westby,
Story By: David
Almost all of Dave's
fishing is done in the scenic Coulee region of SW Wisconsin.
But he actually spends more time tying than fishing.
Like many of us, the vice is closer than the water! Originally
from central Ohio, Dave lives in the Chicago area with his
beautiful wife and
"...witnessed only by
myself and about 20 cows...."
days I do almost all of my fishing on the wonderful little spring
creeks of Southwest Wisconsin.
My most memorable night of fishing occurred on one of these streams,
witnessed only by myself and about 20 cows.
was fishing a stretch of water that had become something of a
honey-hole: it seemed to have a pretty good supply of fish, it had
riffles, runs, and a couple decent pools, and there were seldom any
other anglers. In fact, in two years of fishing here, I only have
only seen four other anglers.
I had fished this stretch in
the morning for a few hours with very moderate success, had then
left for a few hours to explore (and to nap!) and had now returned
at dusk to fish a bit longer. I had read about the pink squirrel on
a regional computer bulletin board and decided to tie a few to see
if it was really the killer pattern that people had said it was. I
quickly became a believer- just as the sun started going behind a
hill, and the herd of cattle surrounded me on their way back to the
barn, I got hit after hit on my pink squirrel. These weren't little
taps either- the fish, both browns and brookies, were attacking this
fly! It was amazing! For about 30 minutes, rarely did a cast go by
where I didn't get a strike. Now of course something was going on-
and another pattern could possibly have provided similar results;
but in my mind this frenzy will always be attributed to the pink
Pink Squirrel as tied by
Photo by Peter Frailey
Order of Ingredients:
14-18, TMC 2487 scud-shaped hook
Tail: Two strands of rainbow Krystal
Body: Red Fox Squirrel
Red copper wire
Egg: Pink Ultra
Head: Brass Bead
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