The Black & Grizzly Snatcher is a proven lake pattern which has been a consistent producing fly when trout are feeding near the surface of the water. Kristen ties this pattern on a curved shank barbless hook, but any curved shank hook, like the Mustad Signature C49S or TMC 2457, should work well. The pattern was designed to mite large emerging chironomids from the Scottish lochs, but the pattern will work great in North American slitters just as effectively. Cast the fly using a dry line and use a slow retrieve as you would with any chironomid. You can visit flies-stepbystep.com to see the complete sequence of tying steps.
Black & Grizzly Snatcher Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Dohiku 644 no. 12 (barbless) or similar scud hook
Thread: Black UNI 8/0
Tag: UTC 140 fl. pink
Body: Black UNI Stretch
Rib: UNI Soft Wire
Collar: Black hackle feather
Visit flies-stepbystep.com to see the complete sequence of tying steps and make sure to check out Krystian’s other patterns.
Davie ties up a trio of buzzers here running through 3 different dressings for the popular UK buzzer. It’s a really a simple fly to tie and works well on both sides of the pond. I like tying mine with seal fur and tend to stick to darker colors to imitate Chironomid pupae.
Hook: Kamasan size B170
Thread: Thread colour to suit pattern
Body: Seals Fur or Sub
Breathers: Glo-Brite Multi-Yarn No16, White Etha Foam or Natural CDC Feathers
This pattern reminds me of a pattern I used to tie, but didn’t have much luck with when I first started fly fishing. My attempts at the fly were done on a straight shank hook, (first mistake) and used a bulky 3mm foam. I also tied it for stillwaters, but I have never tried it on a stream. I like the wingcase here as well as it could serve somewhat as an indicator if you use some brighter colors on it. I know a few spots this would work well on my home streams and will tie a few for the emerger box.
Hook: Scud hook Daiichi 1130
Tail: Turkey tail
Body: Turkey tail
Rib: Copper wire
Wing Case: 2mm foam yellow and black (or to pattern)
Thorax: Turkey tail fluff