Squirrel Stick

Created by Jeff Morgan


Stick flies are extremely simple patterns, consisting primarily of a sparse body and some ribbing. The key to their effectiveness is their thinness. This pattern resembles a midge pupa, although its generality allows to suggest many different insects. See the article Stick Flies for more about this style of tying.

How to Fish

On lakes, use a floating or an intermeditate line and retrieve the fly with a count-down-and-retrieve or slow retrieve. Vary the retrieve until you find what works best at the moment: slow and steady, fast, strip-and-pause, or quick, short two-inch strips. The Wind drift presentation also works well.

You can also fish the fly near the surface with a static midge presentation on a floating line, or use the deep midge presentation.

Jeff Morgan says, "I love to fish stick patterns in foam lines that develop on windy afternoons. Here I will grease my line and leader within a few inches of the fly, letting the fly bob up and down with the waves."

In rivers, use the shallow nymph presentation.

Tying Instructions

1. De-barb hook, place in vise, and start thread.

2. Tie in mylar tinsel ribbing.

3. Dub sparse body.

4. Wrap mylar tinsel.

5. Whipfinish and trim thread.

6. Brush out some of the fur from the body.

Hook: Dai Rike 320 size 8-14

Thread: Black or brown

Body: Squirrel guard hair

Ribbing: Small mylar tinsel