I know I’ve shown the Snatcher style before but always good to look over again as well as introduce a different pattern in the same style.

For this I’ve picked out the Hare’s Ear Snatcher which works well for me in waters where dark shrimp or hog louse present and where this simple wee pattern has scored for me on both wild browns as well as stocked rainbows over the years.

Essentially Snatchers were tied to represent an emerging buzzer hailing from the white hot heat of the enigmatic Loch Leven Scottish competition scene where it was kept strictly guarded.  However like all things, it eventually became more widely known and the style of fly common place amongst Stillwater anglers the country over.

By altering the colours and materials a little you can easily adapt it to imitate other insects and grubs, in the case of my Hare’s ear Snatcher I simply dub the body heavier and have also laid an underbody of flat lead on occasion.  Fished slow and deep fish can pick it out and takes are usually anything other than subtle, especially if you simply keep up with the line as it swings naturally around in the wind (buzzer style). 

I like to keep the pattern simple however with the added attraction of jungle cock cheeks, but I know others like to substitute these for florescent goose biots or a hotspot mid centre or at the head, for added attraction which are equally handy to have in the armoury.  For me though this fairly drab pattern with the added flash of the Mirage tinsel still works best and is great over drop-off areas, or down edges of weed-beds where the fish like to search out prey.  I appreciate that you might feel it better to put some form of 'shrimp back' on this pattern and I have in the past but to be honest don't feel it makes much difference, and it strictly speaking wouldn't be a Snatcher then now would it?

Well worth having these at hand and simple to tie, hope you all like it.


Hook; Partridge (Barbed) K5AS Egg / Caddis Heavy, K4AY Grub Barbless K5AY Patriot Grub Heavy.  Alternatively you could use Sprite S1110 Heavy Match Grub.  All hooks in sizes 12 - 14

Thread; Black Uni 6/0 or 8/0

Rib / Butt; Medium Mirage pearl tinsel

Over Rib; Fine silver wire

Hackle; Grizzle saddle cock

Cheeks; Natural Jungle Cock


Tying Sequence:

Step 1 Place hook in vice and catch in thread

Step 2 Tie in medium Mirage tinsel and fine silver wire ribs.  Take thread down to hook bend

Step 3 Form dubbing 'rope' using medium hare's ear

Step 4 Run dubbing up hook to form body

Step 5 Run Mirage tinsel in even spaces to form rib.  Note Optional take two turns Mirage at hook bend first to form butt

Step 6 Catch in grizzle hackle at head. Note press stem once tied in so hackle sits 'square' to hook

Step 7 Take one turn hackle at head then open palmered turns down body. Note  four turns max. on fly. Run silver wire rib up on same turns as Mirage to tie in hackle and protect tinsel.

Step 8 Split jungle cock eye down centre

Step 9 Press split jungle cock over head which sets it even both sides and tie in.  Trim waste and form head before varnish finish

Step 10 Whip finish and varnish head.



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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