In 1999, a hunting friend brought me a battleship-sized bag of squirrel tail because he knew of my passion for tying flies. Although I was thankful, I also knew that this was more squirrel tail than a production tyer could ever use.
I started out tying squirrel tail nymphs but after five dozen or so I grew tired of that particular pattern.
It was then I decided to just try and tie something and here is what I come up with.
I have no idea of what I was trying to represent, imitate, simulate or what. Simply... I was just trying to get rid of some squirrel tail.
After completing this fly it made it's way to Blue River and it was during trout season. This puppy caught trout like no body's business and for the life of me I don't know why. If I were a trout I'd have to run the other way.
Since then this pattern has been idle and it's probably due to two reasons. Number one... I still don't know what it represents and was embarrased for anyone to see it and secondly... I never give it a name.
If this fly had a name it would probably be fished today. So... fellow casters of fur and feather, how about coming up with a tag for this poor chap.
Don't be bashful or think you're going to hurt my feelings. If the first thing that comes to your mind is "The Big Ugly", or "One Too Many", or perhaps "What Was He Thinking", then put it out there. This guy needs to be called something.
Once this chap is named he'll be going to Blue again ready for battle with the tribes of bows that await in the pools and pockets.