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Snatcher with an added extra

How to tie a Snatcher with a special addition


The Muddled Snatcher.
The Muddled Snatcher.
Step 1 Catch in red thread and pearl Micro rib.
Step 1 Catch in red thread and pearl Micro rib.
Step 2 Run thread down hook-shank to a point about a third of the way round the bend, trapping down the rib..
Step 2 Run thread down hook-shank to a point about a third of the way round the bend, trapping down the rib..
Step 3 Form dubbing 'rope' keeping it reasonably sparse.
Step 3 Form dubbing 'rope' keeping it reasonably sparse.
Step 4 Form body with dubbing (*Tip: leave a tiny amount of thread showing as an additional attractor at the 'butt').
Step 4 Form body with dubbing (*Tip: leave a tiny amount of thread showing as an additional attractor at the 'butt').
Step 5 Trim hackle points from one side of hackle (prevents over-dressing) and tie in at head.
Step 5 Trim hackle points from one side of hackle (prevents over-dressing) and tie in at head.
Step 6 Wind hackle down body in open turns, catch down with rib, and wind this up through hackle to trap it down, palmer style..
Step 6 Wind hackle down body in open turns, catch down with rib, and wind this up through hackle to trap it down, palmer style..
Step 7 Take a very small bunch of fine deer hair and set length of tips at roughly half the hackle length.
Step 7 Take a very small bunch of fine deer hair and set length of tips at roughly half the hackle length.
Step 8 Tie in deer hair allowing an even 'spin' around head of fly. Trim hair ends.
Step 8 Tie in deer hair allowing an even 'spin' around head of fly. Trim hair ends.
Step 9 Draw all deer-hair fibres back and form head.
Step 9 Draw all deer-hair fibres back and form head.
Step 10 Work deer-hair fibres forwards again and trim points to suit before varnish finish to head.
Step 10 Work deer-hair fibres forwards again and trim points to suit before varnish finish to head.
Finished fly, ready for Buzzer action.
Finished fly, ready for Buzzer action.

Snatchers come in many variations and all trout anglers will have their favourites, however I find a lot of these tend to be a little bit overdressed with often (for me) the body hackle being too heavy.
Now I stress this is just a personal opinion, and in no way a criticism, but for me I feel these flies fish better if tied sparse and tend to suit the profile of an emerging buzzer more effectively. Why then would I then take a slim, sparse fly and tie in a Muddler head on it, surely this would spoil the profile and add too much bulk? Again, it’s all down to the proportions used; if you keep the deer hair to a minimum you will get the desired appearance effect as well as the ‘action’ you want when fishing. Put simply, the Muddler head adds a little bit more in the head / thorax area but it's still in keeping with a struggling, hatching insect as well as being somewhere I can apply ‘Gink’ when I want to fish this fly static, right in the surface film. The Muddler head can also help create additional attraction when fished sub-surface, or even better short-lined through a wave... as long as you don’t over dress it.

Hailing from the red hot heat of competition angling on Scotland’s iconic Loch Leven, the humble Snatcher was an immediate success and perfectly imitated the hatching buzzers of which this water is so famous. Simple and deadly wherever you use them and equally effective on stocked fish and wild trout alike, and one of my all-time favourite patterns to fish with. This Muddler version is simply a slight alternative to the norm and as described above can add a wee bit more.

Hope you guys all like it as much as I do.

Dressing
Hook: Sprite S1100 All Purpose Grub, size 10 – 14, or Partridge Patriot Barbless K5AY Grub Heavy, size 10 – 14.
Thread: Red Uni 8/0.
Rib: Veniard Pearl Micro Glint braided thread (perfect for ribbing as both very fine and robust).
Body: Black rabbit dubbing with a pinch of dark olive glister mixed through.
Hackle: Black cock saddle feather (stripped one side to prevent over-dressing).
Head: Natural short fine deer hair or Comparadun deer hair.

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