I'm sure most of you guys that follow me on social media know that I'm a big fly tying geek. Tying flies is a big big part of this whole fly fishing "lifestyle" I try to live. That big passion for tying flies has one drawback, you end up buying and trying a lot of materials you don't actually use all that much. Rooster feathers, basic flash materials, bucktail, ostrich and a few selected synthetics cover most of my fishing and tying needs year after year. However, at times you stumble on something that you actually end up using a lot and fish a lot. One new material like that is Squimpish hair.
|A decent pike caught with a Squimpish hair bug.|
|Here it is. Some of the colors have really long fibers with the longest ones reaching 32 cm or 13".|
|It's a carpet like product.|
|10-112 Marlin tube tied out of Squimp and bucktail.|
Squimpish hair has a growing range of colors available and David is bringing on more all the time to really make it a complete selection. The material retains water and is very lively in the water. It is also very durable which makes it a good choice when you are up against teeth. Take a look at Davids Etsy shop to find out the latest colors available: shop
|A really fat pike caught with a Squimpish hair Hollow fly|
The material is also easily adaptable to several different patterns. Flex flies, Surf candies, Clousers, Hollow flies and Deceivers to name a few.
Here's list of Pro's and Con's that I've noticed so far followed by a SBS of a Hollow fly that uses Squimpish hair as one of it's components.
+ Very easy to Hollow tie.
+ Blends perfectly with natural materials like bucktail, feathers and ostrich
+ Durable, but not as quick to tangle like other synthetics.
+ Feel and texture
+ Sinks very fast and does not hold up air so the fly will sink right after it hits the water
+ Can be easily cut to shape
+- Retains water. This means that it will hold a small profile in the air, will sink fast and move like nothing else. It also means that if you tie them too full or big they will end up heavy. Keep it sparse and if doing very large flies fill in the gaps with bucktail or something similar that's light.
- A bit slippery to tie. I recommend using super glue to secure all the tie ins when using this material.
- The carpet like thing that the material is attached to is not perfect and can be a bit tricky to use.
- There are some variables between colors when it comes to the amount of "under fur" and taper they have
- As said before, can end up being a bit heavy if you use too much of it.
Here's the SBS as promised:
|Start off by tying some bt 360degrees around the hook|
|Add some holo silver SW angel hair|
|Tie in some Squimp hair. Hollow style|
|Secure the tie in with super glue|
|Tie in a few wraps of thread in front and secure with super glue. With Squimp hair you don't need a big thread cone in front of the material as it's softer then bucktail.|
|BT hollow style|
|Fold and tie + add flash|
|Hollow tie some more Squimp hair|
|Add blueish green flash on top|
|Lateral scales on the sides|
|Hollow tie some Squimp. White on the bottom and blue gray on top.|
|fold and secure|
|Brush out the fly, add eyes, go fishing!|