Fly of the Week: Balanced Squirrel

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The Balanced Squirrel fly is the bulkier cousin of the balanced leech. It is used for those times when a little extra girth seems to be in favor. Originally designed as an ice out fly, to be fished under an indicator, it works equally well cast and retrieved. Fished as a leech or minnow, it finds favor in stillwaters, rivers, and streams.

The biggest surprise is how effective the Balanced Squirrel is on the swing. It has become a favorite small streamer and a go-to fly for trout spey. Fish eat it extremely well and tend to get hooked when they do, more often than not.

You’ll want to make sure to use a non-slip mono loop for proper action and balanced orientation.

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