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How to Tie the Squirminator

If you view fly tying as a classic, traditional art form, using fur, feathers, and other natural materials to craft imitations of insects and baitfish, then this pattern may not be for you. The Squirminator will be viewed as an apostasy by some, but folks who are looking for a durable, fish-catching fly should consider whipping up a few of these.

Video: How to Tie the Squirminator

If you view fly tying as a classic, traditional art form, using fur, feathers, and other natural materials to craft imitations of insects and baitfish, then this pattern may not be for you. The Squirminator will be viewed as an apostasy by some, but folks who are looking for a durable, fish-catching fly should consider whipping up a few of these. In this video, Tim Flagler, of Tightline Productions, walks you through the process of tying the Squirminator, but first you’ll have to head for the toy section of your local store to find the right “tentacles.” Seriously. If you view fly tying as a classic, traditional art form, using fur, feathers, and other natural materials to craft imitations of insects and baitfish, then this pattern may not be for you. The Squirminator will be viewed as an apostasy by some, but folks who are looking for a durable, fish-catching fly should consider whipping up a few of these.

18 thoughts on “How to Tie the Squirminator”

  1. I had a hard time finding Googly Worm as well. I ended up ordering something called the wooly worm instead. Its a stress relief toy. Just got them in the mail yesterday. I will leave another comment here when I see how they work.

  2. Wow! Not only will this work for feisty trout, it’ll work really well for other freshwater species like gills and crappie. I’m totally gathering materials for this ASAP.

  3. I’m not yet into fly tying, but this looks simple, inexpensive, and versatile!
    These tying videos are a great intro to demystifying fly tying. Thanks!

  4. What unique supplies used !
    I’m a newbie at fly fishing and would love to upgrade from my Encounter!

  5. I found a similar toy at Target in the party section of anyone is still looking. But I tied a bunch of these in pink and they have been killing in the small creeks in Anchorage picking in bows and Dolly’s. Nothing huge but pretty cool fly fishing into November.

  6. Bought two wigglies at the dollar store — hot pink and chartreuse. With hot pink and lime green simi seal dubbing and zelon instead of egg yarn used rainbow tungsten beads. Can’t wait to stream them at the end of a 5x tippet !!!!

  7. I have tried in vain to find the “Googly Worm” at 5 places and have given up. Am now trying to find the “Googly Ball” at some places. Are there any other sources of the “tentacle” from other toys? It looks like a great tie, but I have to say that the sourcing of the materials is a bitch.

  8. Hatchery fish love this thing although I couldn’t find the tentacles in time for my most recent venture I substituted a trout magnet for the tail and its just as if not even more effective!!!

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