This fly was first tied by the well known swedish fly fisherman Lars Åke Olsson. The name Ekorrflugan translates in to something like The Squirrel. The reason is because it is tied with squirrel fur and tail. He wanted a fly that could last many fish and casts, and he wanted it to have a certain nordic connection. In his book “Flugfiske i fjallen” he says there are many situations that call for a rather large dry fly. Especially when the water level is high or rising and there are few caddis flying about. In the mountains of Scandinavia the weather conditions are very often harsh for insects,fish and fishermen. A large caddis pattern like this may fool the fish to a rise even during a shower.It also serves well as a fish finder. This is the favourite pattern for many high altitude anglers. Besides,the scientific name for caddis is Trichoptera (from Greek) wich means “hair wing”. The Ekorrflugan is just that, a hair wing fly…It is no beauty, but it fools the trout!

2 thoughts on “Ekorrflugan…

  1. Excellent looking fly! Did you use a dubbing twister to form the body or is it hackle? I have to try and tie a few of those…

    Trichoptera is Greek! 😉
    Τρίχα = Hair
    Φτερό or Πτερό (Πτερά for plural) = Wing(s)

    Same with Ephemeroptera (Mayfly):
    Εφήμερο = something of a daily duration / daily
    Φτερό or Πτερό (Πτερά for plural) = Wing(s)


  2. I always thought it was latin…thank you very much for the enlightenment:) Great information…yes I use either a twister or a split thread. It is a fantastic pattern. It will also work well on rapid streams. I tie the fly both with and without hackle. Depends on how high/deep you want it to float…


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