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    Default Simple Sea Trout Snake Fly

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoppy View Post

    The name is of intrigue though. Is this a snake fly or a tube fly?....

    ....I'd be interested to hear people's thoughts on this and why a 'snake' is a 'snake'?

    I thought it came about when someone accidentaly bent their fly and found it still caught fish; hence deliberate bending to get it to 'snake' through the water; and if that's not true - it jolly well ought to be.

    A nice fly John; small summer sewin often like a very slim bodied fly. I shall try it.

    I think I'm correct in saying that 'snakes' can also be dressed on Waddington 'shanks'.


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    as hoppy says the snake fly usually has a flexible body,made of braid or the likes, i think a ridgid body is more akin to the tube fly , ie plastic , aliminium, brass or copper no disrespect john but i would personally call that a tube fly
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    John
    as always a great dressing ,definitely not a snake though .Snakes have flexible bodies ,James Walthams first book featured them 20+ years ago .
    I beleive Louis Noble may have been the originator!
    PIB suprised you have not read the first Waltham book
    John ,just remembered that line its floatin around Chez Wren at the moment must pack it and send it !
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    Must add superb photos !
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    Quote Originally Posted by ACW View Post
    PIB suprised you have not read the first Waltham book ...

    Nor have I read his second (current?) book.


    Not wanting to detract from John's excellent fly; but is this what is understood to be a 'snake' fly?




    Back to 20 year old publications:
    Harris & Morgan's 'Successful Sea Trout Angling' lists the 'Moonbeam' on a solid shank and the 'Marchog' series on a 1.5" flexible link, albeit to a size 2 or 4 single.
    Early 'snakes'?

    It's not a bad read; written in 1987, but not published until 1989 .


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    John Gray used to call the fly in the first post - a needle fly.

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    I love the 'style' of John's flies but I have to agree - a 'snake' has a flexible body.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cothi View Post
    John Gray used to call the fly in the first post - a needle fly.
    NO NO ,
    Johns needle flys are dressed on Needles ,these ones are dressed on a very narrow bore tube,not a new idea Booty was talking about similar tubing some 4/5 years ago!
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