Snail Fly?

Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by Go Fish, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. A few years ago I was fishing Beda Lake with some friends. Someone
    noticed fish rising and taking floating snails off the surface. We all
    looked in our fly boxes but came up with only one snail fly between
    us all. It was tied on, cast out, and hammered by a large trout which
    promptly snapped it off. Oh well.... I have seen floating snails (migration?)
    on some Westside lakes but have never given them a chance. Does
    anyone here use them?
  2. I was tying at the Sportsman's show on Wednesday and some guy brought up a fly that could pass. It was simply a 1/2 coffee bean hot glued to the back of a black spun fir on like a size 14 scud hook. He said it was an english fly of some sort. Coffee Bean. How about that.
  3. Very good article... Thanks
  4. Good article but they really don't look like snails.

  5. I know of a certain lake in Idaho that I used to fish and want to make the trip there this summer, where the fish are usually stuffed with freshwater snails. It is amazing to cradle these fish and feel their stomach's rock hard with snails. These fish have never seen a fly so its fun to use big uglies and watch them aggressively attack your fly as soon as it hits the water, but a snail fly would also bring success.

    I would probably go with a small root beer colored estaz body with either a foam back or hackle for buoyancy.
  6. when and where were you tying and what kind of patterns, i was there and i might have seen you around. going off of no pic i can only go by the flies that you were tying.
  7. At the Puget Sound Fly Fishers/South South Fly Fishers/Alpine Fly Fishers booth. #163. 12pm to 2pm. It was fun. First time tying in public. I look forward to it again. I was tying damsel nymphs, chironomids, and a few other things. Mainly stillwater patterns.

    Overall I thought it was a good show.
  8. I use a variation of the booby in a leach pattern that has worked great!
  9. A few years ago I was fishing the Chickohominy Resevoir near Burns, OR. It is full of snails. Its the primary food for the trout. I didn't have a snail pattern but a small black wooley bugger allowed for a some hook ups. But, there were some guys catching on almost every cast. A little black snail pattern. If you ever fish Chicohominy, little black snail pattern will get them.

  10. Theres an article in the feb. issue of fly fisherman that show what looks like to be and ok pattern for a snail I haven't ever fished a snail pattern myself but have seen a number of ok patterns in books.
  11. It happens to be my #1 pattern in some lakes and in certain streams. Deadly stuff !!!
  12. Kevin, glad to hear at least one person uses
    snai flies... Not wanting any locations however,
    how do you know when to try these? Is there
    a time of year that these come into play or is
    a year round thing. I'm going to make a serious
    effort to use them on a westside C & R lake. I've
    released fish that were stuffed with snails....
    thanks David
  13. cancelled
  14. I'll try again, here:

    Got it! My first photo upload!!!ptyd:D Stomach contents from southern O.P. trout. that's a "crawdad claw" on the left. Further North, it would be a "crayfish claw." (This is the "deep south" of the O.P.) Two good sized dragon nymphs. Largest snail was almost 1" (maybe a little more, thats a piece of cedar lattice the stuff is on)) and the trout was a 16"+ holdover 'bow.

    Attached Files:

  15. Gary Borger has a pretty good snail pattern that is easy to tie.

  16. That trout had a pucked butthole for sure. Years ago when we would keep a couple of pass lake fish for the table, they would be chucker block full of craws of the big fellows there. And the snails are very viable. Great photo


Share This Page