Born in the white heat of competitive ‘battle’ the Snatcher was spoken in hushed terms for a long time before it finally became wide spread news and swiftly found a place in most still water anglers selections in one form or another.

For me this wee fly has travelled very well and although I tie it in it’s more common form on a K4AY Grub Hook giving it that steep curve, I also like to dress it as you see here on the Czech Nymph Heavy which gives a nice sweeping profile and I feel offers a slightly different target for our trout, especially if fishing in or near the surface film.

I’ve also altered the fly slightly at the head forming a wee thorax which I feel gives a more ‘emerging midge’ appearance, that said to be honest I catch equally as well on both forms so the dressing becomes more a personal taste rather than out and out fish appeal.

But when fished deeper the snatcher is a cracking general nymph and excellent shrimp pattern (especially in olive) and on the Czech Nymph hook with the thorax can really stand out.  It also performs better for me in this style on running water than the original steep curved Grub Hook version.

Fished in a team this fly works equally as well if pulled fast (it sits well above a couple of mini lures), slow ‘figure of eight’ often results in confident takes from the fish and if fished static, the fish are happy to pick it out, making it a real all-rounder for both wild browns as well as stocked fish.

Black, claret and olive would be my main colour choices, however I’ve also caught on brown and natural hare’s ear as well so don’t limit yourself when tying these up, find what suits you best and give it a blast.

Easy to tie and easy to fish and if you don’t have them in your selection then you could be missing out.



Hook; Partridge Patriot Czech Nymph Heavy size 10 – 16

Thread; Black Uni 8/0

Rib; Pearl Mirage under fine silver wire (Veniards)

Body; Black rabbit fur dubbing

Hackle; Black cock saddle tied sparse (a common fault for many its to over-dress this pattern, it’s really all about how little you put on in the hackle)

Cheeks; Natural Jungle Cock

Thorax; As body

Tying Sequence:

Step 1 Place hook in vice and catch in thread along with fine silver wire and Lurex ribs

Step 2 Run thread well round the bend of the hook in touching turns locking down both ribs

Step 3 Form dubbing 'rope' with black rabbit

Step 4 Dub body and pick out

Step 5 Select black cock hackle and catch in at eye

Step 6 Wind hackle in open turns towards tail making a maximum of four turns

Step 7 Tie off and trim hackle waste then run Lurex rib in open turns to the eye

Step 8 For strength run fine silver wire over Lurex matching each turn

Step 9 Prepare a jungle cock feather by cutting down centre. 9.1  Cut Feather three quarters way down ready to tie in

Step 10 Place the feather onto the top of the fly at point you want the JC to sit then simply press into place and tie in

Step 11 Once happy with position secure Jungle Cock

Step 12 Form thorax using thread

Step 13 Form thorax dubbing 'rope'

Step 14 Form thorax

Step 15 As a lot of soft material in area best to varnish thread before whip finish

Step 16 Brush out thorax

Allan Liddle

Based in Moray in Scotland's North East, Allan has specialises with the wild trout from the rivers and burns, lochs and lochans throughout Mainland Scotland and the Isles. A strong passion for fishing simple dries he feels there's nothing better than to see the fish take off the top, but isn't slow to fish a range of different styles when mood or conditions dictate. Although trout is his first love Allan occasionally chases the Salmon, Grayling stocked fish and even dabbles in salt water when the chance arises.

Allan has also represented Scotland at international level, is a GAIA qualified trout instructor and a has been a regular contributor to Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Magazine for almost twenty years. Allan’s love of fly tying spans almost thirty years and has been a regular at many tying demonstrations and work shops prior to, and since joining the Partridge Pro-Team in 2013.

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