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: snake flies

01-06-2007, 06:19 PM
Hi Guys

First post on here, the following is a sequence of my snake flies that have proven extremely effective for british sea trout(sea running browies) I am curious if you think they would be good for steelhead if tied on single hooks



01-06-2007, 11:39 PM
Hi, Ian,

Gorgeous ties!

These would absolutely work in any stream home to lampreys or leeches.

Which covers most Steelhead waters.

Was that Vulterine Guinea fowl on the penultimate fly?

Welcome to the Forum


-- Eric

01-07-2007, 11:09 AM
I've also found them to be effective very low in a river system that feeds directly into the Pacific Ocean. "Bait fish" imitation?

01-07-2007, 11:28 PM
Very nicely tied. Glad to have you aboard.

Oh yeah, the answer to your question, as Eric and Fred already said, they'd all work.

01-08-2007, 09:17 AM
Very nice flies. I could see using those for trout and salmon in Maine but they'd have to be tied with single hooks -- no doubles or treble allowed.

01-08-2007, 09:45 AM
Thanks Eric
Yes that VGF feather is a stunner especially as a daytime fly after a flood. Much of UK sea trout fishing is done after dark. The snake flies are loosely based on sand eel imitations but a variety of succesful patterns have evolved that don't look anything like sand eels but still work. Some guys over here tie them up to 4" long!

they are basically tied on 25lb backing braid under mylar tubing which means that they have more movement than tube flies especially when using fine 1/8" tubing. Due to the flexibility of the body the best way to tie the heads is in the hand.
There is a very good step by step on Paul Hopwoods excellent sea trout forum by Steffan Jones. He incorporates a swivel into the head see

Gunner: Yes I thought that was the case and I am going to give singles an extended swim myself this season as I don't think it will effect the hook up rate that much and will be better for catch and release.

Thanks for your comments guys

01-11-2007, 08:11 AM
Great looking flies Ian,

They look as if they would catch just about anything you tied the for.


01-11-2007, 01:11 PM
These are really good looking flies. I tie something similar for Pike flies and for Lake Trout flies. I use Waddington Shanks covered with Mylar but I like the braid technique (as per link) a lot better. Than'ks for the post and great ideas for development of other patterns.