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jsbbroady 05-10-2005 07:15 AM

Snail pattern
 
Does anyone have any good snail patterns? I'm looking for a black snail imitation.

Any ideas guys?

teflon_jones 05-10-2005 07:52 AM

I've never even seen or heard of a snail pattern!

BigDave 05-10-2005 08:21 AM

I have seen them in some catalogs - mostly tiny sinking models although I think there is a floating version too. There was an article about snails in American Angler 2 years ago...maybe dig it up?

Brad 05-10-2005 08:54 AM

Renegade
 
Isn't the renegade a snail pattern?

Dble Haul 05-10-2005 08:54 AM

I seem to remember the same article. Trout feed on the snails, and their bellies become distented from the shells. I'm certain that a catalog search of certain suppliers would yield some results for you.

FKrow 05-10-2005 11:48 AM

Gary Borger wrote a chapter in one of his early books on snails and flys used in lake fishing for trout.

I cannot remember the title or time frame however, I believe it was a deer hair type construction trimmed to (duh) "snail" shape !!!!!

I also heard a rumor that most fish prefer the snails with garlic and butter flavor.

Regards,
FK

Graham Brown 05-21-2005 08:14 AM

A black and peacock spider is a good general pattern for snails.
Hook:size 10 down eye,light in the wire.
body: 4 or 5 strands of peacock herl aound into a ball shaped body
hackle: black hen lightly wound
The pattern can be treated with floatant and left to free drift in the surface skin

jsbbroady 05-25-2005 09:36 AM

Thank you all for your replies, I have tried the black and peacock spider and I have had some great fish to it too. I might try tying a black dear hair one and trimming it appropriately. Thanks again and I will post a pic of the fly when it's done.

John

jsbbroady 06-15-2005 06:23 AM

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Here's the first one done, it doesn't look like much but it has already worked. You can't really see the shape too well but it loosely represents what I have found in the stomach of some of the trout I have caught. I was tempted to put a hackle on at the head but I left it off, might try one though!

JB

Steve_sullivan 06-22-2005 11:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jsbbroady
Here's the first one done, it doesn't look like much but it has already worked. You can't really see the shape too well but it loosely represents what I have found in the stomach of some of the trout I have caught. I was tempted to put a hackle on at the head but I left it off, might try one though!

JB

No wonder you are having so much luck with that fly, that is the most popular fly ever, THE GLO BUG! Just kidding, you are right, it is hard to see the shape with the picture.

eric_garvin 01-29-2006 03:11 PM

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here's a page with three snail patterns


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