Published May 25. 2017 - 5 years ago
Updated or edited May 26. 2017

Gierach Special

The Gierach Special is an effective trout fly designed by noted fly fishing author John Gierach. The fly began as a smaller (#10/12) fly tied to target bluegills and rock bass. Gierach later tied the fly on longer hooks in order to target trout. He gave the pattern the moniker of Squirrel Tail. It was his nephew who coined the Gierach Special title for the fly when he asked to borrow a few of the flies.

This little minnow pattern is a wonderful fly and when it gets wet it really comes alive. You can tie this fly pattern without the eyes, but I really feel the eyes give it another level of realism that predator species will find hard to pass up.

Gierach Special fly pattern recipe

Hook: Mustad 3665A #4-8
Thread: Red 6/0
Weight: Lead 0.020 20-25 wraps
Body: Flat Diamond Braid pearl
Belly: White bucktail
Wing: Gray squirrel
Flash: Pearl crystal flash
Wing: Peacock herl


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