Published Oct 24. 2002 - 13 years ago

Fox swap

The first swap of the winter tying season, the Arctic Fox Pattern Swap Page hilights the latest creations/conversions by Streamer List members. All of the patterns in this swap utilize Arctic Fox as a major component.

Always on the lookout for fine, highly mobile hairs for use in tying small bucktails, I began experimenting with Arctic Fox tail. Not exactly a secret material, it has long been in use by atlantic salmon fly tyers in lieu of polar bear for traditional hairwing atlantic salmon patterns. It was new to me, however.

As with most critters from norther latitudes, the arctic fox has a dense, crinkly underfur combined with fine, long, straight guard hairs. The underfur is easily removed, if desired, or some or all of it can be left in place when tying in, providing a fuller "body" to the fly. Flies constructed with this material have wonderful movement when fished, and I fooled a number of Maine brookies this summer using small Mickey Finn and Black Ghost patterns tied with arctic fox.

I wanted to see what some of the members of the Streamer List use arctic fox hair for, and a swap was born!

Thanks to those who participated in this swap, and enjoy the patterns!


Arctic Fox Royal Coachman - Don Sturzenacker

TAIL SHORT RED ARCTIC FOX UNDERFUR
BODY PEACOCK HERL AND SCARLET FLOSS
THROAT BROWN ARCTIC FOX FUR
WING WHITE ARCTIC FOX FUR WITH THE GUARD HAIRS AND UNDERFUR REMOVED.


Arctic Leemans Smelt - Bob Skehan

HEAD BLACK
BODY FLAT SILVER TINSEL
THROAT SPARSE WHITE ARCTIC FOX TAIL
WING PALE LAVENDER ARCTIC FOX TAIL, OVER WHICH IS BRIGHT GREEN ARCTIC FOX TAIL
TOPPING FOUR STRANDS OF PEACOCK HERL
EYES PAINTED YELLOW WITH BLACK PUPIL (I USED WHITE WITH BLACK PUPIL)
SOURCE TROLLING FLIES FOR TROUT & SALAMON (STEWART AND LEEMAN)
COMMENT LEEMANS SMELT WAS ORIGINATED BY BOB LEEMAN, OF BANGOR, MAINE. THE ORIGINAL PATTERN UTILIZES BUCKTAIL INSTEAD OF ARCTIC FOX. A VERY GOOD PATTERN BOTH IN THE SMALLER CASTING SIZES, AND IN TROLLING SIZES WITH LONG SHANKED HOOKS OR TIED TANDEM.


Black & White - Lindsey Grandison

THREAD WHITE
TAIL WHITE ARCTIC FOX
BODY BRAIDED PEARL MYLAR TUBING
THROAT A SMALL AMOUNT OF PEARL FISHAIR NEXT TO BODY, THEN WHITE ARCTIC FOX HAIR.
WING WHITE ARCTIC FOX HAIR, THEN A SMALL AMOUNT OF PEARL FISHAIR, OVER WHICH IS BLACK ARCTIC FOX HAIR, OVER WHICH 5-6 STRANDS OF OLIVE OSTRICH HERL
TOPPING 4-5 STRANDS OF PEACOCK HERL
EYES LARGE PRISMATIC STICK ON WITH BLACK PUPIL
HEAD FORMED WITH EPOXY TO A BEAD-SHAPE.


Dr. Breck - Scott Daskiewich

HEAD BLACK
TAIL A PAIR OF MARRIED BLACK/YELLOW/BLACKQUILL STRIP SECTIONS
BODY FLAT SILVER TINSEL
THROAT MIXED RED AND WHITE HACKLE BARBULES
WING EQUAL BUNCHES OF WHITE, THEN RED,THEN WHITE ARCTIC FOX TAIL


Emilie's Shiner - Ron McKusick

THREAD WHITE
HOOK MUSTAD 3665A
BODY GREEN HOLOGRAPHIC TINSEL
THROAT WHITE ARCTIC FOX
WING LIME GREEN ARCTIC FOX


Foxcicle - Bryant Freeman

 

HOOK TMC300 SIZE 10
TAIL KRYSTAL FLASH
UNDERWING TEAL FLANK DYED CHARTREUSE
BELLY/WING THREE DIFFERENT COLORS OF FOX FUR - LIGHTEST ON BELLY, GRADUATING TO DARK SHADE ON TOP.
HEAD CLARET THREAD WITH CLEAR CELLIRE OVER.


Foxee Missouri Minnow - Bruce Whittle

HOOK TIEMCO 300 OR STRAIGHT-EYE HOOK(I LIKE THE LOOK OF THE 300 SLIGHTLY TURNED DOWN EYE.)
THREAD WHITE, RED
BODY FLAT SILVER TINSEL
RIB EXTRA-SMALL OVAL SILVER TINSEL (JUSTTO GIVE A LITTLE MORE TEXTURE)
WING VENTRAL- TAN ARCTIC FOX HAIR / DORSAL-OLIVE ARCTIC FOX HAIR
HEAD BUILT UP OF NEUTRAL COLORED DUBBING,IF DESIRED

Tying Instructions:

1. Tie in white thread. Make a body of flat silver tinsel with oval silver tinsel ribbing.
2. Tie in ventral and dorsal wing portions facing forward over the eye of the hook.
3. I dub a small amount of neutral colored dubbing over the head region to give the head a little more size.
4. tie the red thread in at the tie back point (approximately 1/4 to 1/3 shank back from eye depending upon desired appearance.)
5. Smoothly pull back wing portions, being careful not to mix colors. Tie down with red thread to simulate gills.
6. Coat with your choice of head cement - several thin coats allowing time in between to dry.
7. Form eyes with acrylic paint - yellow then a black pupil
8. Coat with several more coats of head cement.

Notes:
This fly is tied in the style of Keith Fulsher's Thunder Creek series. The name is not meant to detract from Keith Fulsher but I did not think it appropriate to give it a Thunder Creek name. I have seen some variations tied with marabou which is where the idea came from to use the arctic fox. The colors better imitate the "minners" seen in Missouri streams than other variations I have seen.
Hope to try them out next spring.


Foxy Lady - Glenn Seibert

HOOK MUSTAD 9575 6X LONG
THREAD 8/0 WHITE FOR BODY - 8/0 BLACK FORHEAD
TAIL PEARL DIAMOND BRAID
BODY CHARTREUSE WOOL
RIB PEACOCK HERL
WING PINK BUCKTAIL, OVER WHICH IS SPARSEBLACK BUCKTAIL, OVER WHICH IS SPARSE CHARTREUSE BUCKTAIL, OVERWHICH IS ARCTIC FOX BODY HAIR, TOPPED WITH A SPARSE AMOUNT OFARCTIC FOX TAIL HAIR.
BEARD PEARL DIAMOND BRAID


Governor Aiken - Stack Scoville

HEAD BLACK
TAIL WHITE-TIPPED BARRED WOODDUCK FLANK
BODY FLAT SILVER TINSEL
RIB OVAL SILVER TINSEL
THROAT WHITE FOXTAIL TO BEND OF HOOK, THENRED FOXTAIL TIED SHORT, BEARD-STYLE
WING LAVENDER FOXTAIL TO TIP OF TAIL
TOPPING PEACOCK HERL
CHEEKS JUNGLE COCK


Great White Hope - Aaron Hirschhorn

THREAD WHITE
TAIL WHITE ARCTIC FOX, TIED WOOLY BUGGERSTYLE
BODY WHITE CHENILLE
EYES GOLD DUMBELLS
COMMENTS I'VE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN THE SPRINGAND FALL WITH THIS PATTERN. HAVEN'T TRIED IT OVER THE SUMMER.


Integration Fox Tail - Robb Nicewonger

HOOK MUSTAD 9575 #4
THREAD UNI 8/0 - BLACK
TAIL RED YARN (OPTIONAL)
BODY SILVER TINSEL
RIB SILVER WIRE
WING BLACK OVER WHITE ARCTIC FOX TAIL


P.F. Fox - Kelvin Hartley

HOOK MUSTAD 3665A #6
TAG RED THREAD
THREAD BLACK
BODY GOLD HOLOGRAPHIC CORD
WING WHITE AND OLIVE ARCTIC FOX


Yellow Foxabou - Bob Petti

HOOK MUSTAD 3665A #6
THREAD BLACK
BODY FLAT GOLD TINSEL
RIB OVAL GOLD TINSEL
WING GOLD FLASHABOU (SPARSE) AND YELLOWARCTIC FOX
TOPPING PEACOCK HERL
THROAT RED HACKLE BARBS
HEAD BLACK WITH PAINTED EYES

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