P.O. Box 1181, Dubuque, Iowa 52004-1181

Dubuque Fly Fishers


Yellow Fox

Tyer: Lou Meier

Hook: Daiichi 2220, TMC 6263 size 6, 10 or 14

Thread: Uni-thread, black 6-0

Head: Black glass bead, size 8-0

Weight: None

Tail: Yellow marabou

Body: Kreinik gold break (#2000)

Underwing: Yellow marabou

Overwing: Fox squirrel tail

Tying Note: This is a straightforward tie. Crimp the barb and add the glass bead. Start the thread and wind to the hook bend. Tie in the tail and the gold braid, advance the thread to the eye, wind the gold bread forward and tie off, allowing a bit of room behind the head for the "wings."{ Tie in the underwing just short of tail length; then tie in the squirrrel tail just longer than the tail. It is best to measure the squirrel tail and trim the butt end before tying in. Whip finish behind the bend; then cement.

Fishing Notes: The yellow fox is fished down adn across with the hook size determined by the stream size. Size 10 is my most-used hook. The YEllow Fox is probably at its best in long, slow runs. Cast the fly to within inches of the opposite bank, let it start to swing, feed out a bit of line and let the fly slowly continue the swing. Keep the rod tip straight with the fly line. Let the trout take the fly "on its own." There is little need for a hard strike, just a sideways flick of the rod tip. Simetimes a twitch of the rod tip immediately after the fly hits the water can tribber a strike. A slowly swinging Yellow Fox has produced multiple 20-inch brown trout for me. In deep "powerful" water, add a Water Gremlin split shot at the hook eye; it is easily removed when you arrive at the next section of slow water. Look for underwater structure and bankside cover, and probe these areas with the fly.

Source: Russ Mueller, Fly Fishing Midwestern Creeks.