Snipe & Purple Spider

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Model:  EF-6590-10
Bar Code:  886741019682


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Snipe & Purple Spider - Wet & Nymphs

Snipe & Purple Spider

The Snipe and Purple is as Yorkshire as Yorkshire Pudding. However this fly is fished throughout the British Isles. This is one old fly but still a fly that most fly fishermen admit they would not be without. The Snipe and Purple is a wet version fo the iron blue fly (Baetis niger or Baetis pumilus).

Use The Snipe & Purple Spider To Catch:

The Snipe & Purple Spider can be used to catch Rainbow Trout

The Snipe & Purple Spider can be used to catch Brown Trout

The Snipe & Purple Spider can be used to catch Grayling

Trout Wet Fly - Snipe & Purple Spider

wet flies like Snipe & Purple Spider are are range of flies that imitate larva, pupa, drowned adults and Lures

The trout finds most of its food beneath the surface of the water, sometimes by grubbing around the weed-beds, at other times by rising in water to take nymphs and pupae on their way to the surface 

The wet flies which include Snipe & Purple Spider fall into various categories: larval and pupal forms of various aquatic insects; drowned adults or even swamped stillborn flies; and drowned terrestrials such as beetles. Many do not represent anything in nature, but are classed as attractor flies or lures, designed to tempt the fish to take out of curiosity. A number of the silver-bodied flies can emulate small fry or minnows. Most of the dry flies have a wet-fly equivalents. The use of heavier hooks, softer hen hackles instead of cock, and in the case of winged flies a backward-sloping wing, changes the dry fly into a wet one which sinks below the sufrace of the water. Cock hackles are used for these patterns but they are taken from the very young bird where the individual fibres are very soft.

There are two main areas of wet-fly fishing. Firstly, there are the wild rain-fed rivers and streams where it is difficult to see a fish rise let alone see a minute dry fly on the surface. On such waters, wet flies are used almost exclusively upstream and down, as necessity or terrain dictates. The second main area of wet-fly fishing is on atill waters like lakes, lochs and reservoirs, where the angler uses a team of wet flies just below the surface. 

On wild streams while searching for the natural Brownie, soft-hackled wet flies like the Partridge and Orange, the Snipe and Purple, the Black Spider, a wet Coch-y-Bonddu, and many others are used.

'When do you fish a wet fly, and when a dry?' 

Always fish a dry-fly pattern when you see a trout rising during a hatch of natural insects. However, when the trout refuses to rise to a dry fly, fishing just below the surface with a wet fly can often work. When no activity is obvious, it is a case for the wet fly, pure and simple.

The soft, game-bird hackles of many wet flies have the necessary mobility in the water. They pulsate and 'kick' in the current, attracting the fish by their very movement. They look alive and edible; the two key properties for a successful fly.

Wet Fly Snipe & Purple Spider fishing techniques

a technique that has stood the test of time, where the fly (e.g. the Snipe & Purple Spider) is fished sub-surface and is retrieved slowly using a 'Figure-of-Eight' manipulation of the line in the hand. A floating or intermediate line can be used to retrieve the Snipe & Purple Spider

Snipe & Purple Spider - Fly Tying Dressing

For the more adventurous among you we have provided tying specifications for the Snipe & Purple Spider. Remember at The Essential Fly we sell the Snipe & Purple Spider at incredible prices with a top quality fly and service to back it up. It is certainly worth tying the Snipe & Purple Spider yourself to understand the pleasure of catching a fish with your own tied fly, however at the price we sell flies it is only worth tying one or two Snipe & Purple Spider as your can spend more time fishing instead of tying flies - buy volume online with us.

Hook Sizes

12 to 16

Silk Thread





A hackle from the inside of a snipe's wing.

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Established in 2006 The Essential Fly was established to bring top quality fly fishing flies, fly fishing tackle & accessories like Snipe & Purple Spider to the market. Since its launch we have been selling Snipe & Purple Spider and many stunning fly fishing flies, fly fishing accessories and gained a strong reputation for quality and service. We have shipped to tens of thousands of fly fishermen world-wide and currently ship to over 50 countries. We pride ourselves on customer service, quality product and product packaging and have won awards from Total Fly Fisher Magazine.

Snipe & Purple Spider from The Essential Fly

Snipe & Purple Spider


Should you have any questions about Snipe & Purple Spider The team and The Essential Fly will always be available to help. Contact us through the website, via email or by telephone on UK 01757 333003, USA 212-796-0874 or from anywhere in the world on +44 1757 333003.

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Snipe & Purple Spider Attributes

Model:  EF-6590-10
Bar Code:  886741019682
Brand:  The Essential Fly
Manufacturer:  The Essential Fly

Snipe & Purple Spider Reviews

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Tuesday, 19 March 2013  | 

Fastest turnaround of any fishing site I use..and always high quality.

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Thursday, 21 January 2010  | 

very good

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105 of 159 people found this review helpful.

Snipe & Purple Spider
Friday, 20 March 2009  | 

Good quality, well may fly with vivid colour

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58 of 112 people found this review helpful.

1st class service
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snipe and purple
Sunday, 23 December 2007  | 

purple colour on the body was bordering on the black,otherwise hooks and hackles ok

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143 of 278 people found this review helpful.

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