If you view fly tying as a classic, traditional art form, using fur, feathers, and other natural materials to craft imitations of insects and baitfish, then this pattern may not be for you. The Squirminator will be viewed as an apostasy by some, but folks who are looking for a durable, fish-catching fly should consider whipping up a few of these. Note the size of the rainbow trout in the photo above. Yes, that’s a Squirminator in its mouth.
In this video, Tim Flagler, of Tightline Productions, walks you through the process of tying the Squirminator, but first you’ll have to head for the toy section of your local store to find the right “tentacles.” Seriously.
Hook: Orvis Tactical Barbless Jig Hook, size 12.
Head: Gold slotted tungsten bead, 1/8-inch.
Tail: Light-Up Googly Worm tentacle.
Adhesive 1: Superglue.
Thread: Fluorescent orange, 8/0 or 70-denier.
Underbody: Fluorescent orange Antron dubbing.
Overbody: Yellow egg yarn.
Hot spot: Tying thread.
Adhesive 2: Head cement.