Published Mar 2. 2023 - 1 year ago
Updated or edited Mar 2. 2023

Squirrel Tail Brush Minnow

A couple weeks ago I did a video on the brush minnow. One of my customers favorite flies for fishing Tarpon. Recently I had a request from him to add a rabbit or squirrel strip tail on the back to give more movement. And here is that fly. As I said in the previous video on this pattern, it is versatile with types of tail or material used for the brush.

It is much easier to make this fly with a brush, however you can tie it with a dubbing loop instead of a brush if you do not have a dubbing brush table. Without the table there are ways to make brushes still, some videos online show ways. However if you plan on making lots of flies with brushes, then check out the dubbing brush table I use. Its made by Oasis Benches and is the best I've ever used. The price isn't too bad either considering most brush tables are more expensive, and most are not made to its level of quality. To check out the brush table go to

Usually I recommend extra select craft fur, but for this small fly, the regular craft fur works. However if you are going to tie this larger then look into the extra select stuff because it will give you that extra length.

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Hook: Gamakatsu SL12S (size 2) -
Thread: Veevus 140 (black) -
Tail: Pine Squirrel Strip (black) - ?
Brush: Craft Fur Brush with Flash (black) - Here is a link to a brush I made, but this brush I used is just craft fur and ice dub, cut to about 1 inch long.
Eyes: 3D Fly Tying Eyes (silver, 5mm) -
Glue: Loctite Gell -
Thin Resin: Solarez Thin Hard -
Ultra Thin Resin: Solarez Ultrathin -

Vise: Renzetti Traveler -
Bobbin: Stonfo Bobtec -
Scissors: Risen 4" All Purpose -
Risen 4" Razor -
Risen mitton Scissors -
Fishers Spring Action -
Hackle Gauge: Griffin Hook and Hackle Gauge -
Whip finisher: Dr. Slick brass -
Fly Tying Bench: Oasis Walnut Compact Bench -
UV Light: Solarez UV Cure (high output) -

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