Snipe & Purple - Northern Spider - Heritage Range
Snipe & Purple
The Snipe & Purple is one of the classic English North Country spider style flies used all over the world in fly fishing.
Use The Snipe & Purple To Catch:
The Snipe & Purple can be used to catch Rainbow Trout
The Snipe & Purple can be used to catch Brown Trout
Mike Harding - Heritage Range of Flies
Our Mike Harding Range of Northern Fly patterns are tied to the traditional patterns. The flies are all designed from Mike's excellent book on Northern Spider patterns. Check it out, it is really good!
Tied as part of our Heritage Range these flies are tied with real silk and the best quality materials - just as these flies should be . We love these flies, they look great and most importantly these flies catch fish!
Trout Wet Fly - Snipe & Purple wet flies like Snipe & Purple 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 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 fishing techniques
A technique that has stood the test of time, where the fly (e.g. the Partridge & Orange) 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 Partridge & Orange
Snipe & Purple - Fly Tying Dressing
For the more adventurous among you we have provided tying specifications for the Snipe & Purple . Remember at The Essential Fly we sell the Snipe & Purple at incredible prices with a top quality fly and service to back it up. It is certainly worth tying the Snipe & Purple 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 as your can spend more time fishing instead of tying flies - buy volume online with us.
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Customer Reviews for The Essential Fly Snipe & Purple Northern Spider Heritage Range Fishing Fly
Snipe and Purple Northern Spider
29 July 2017
One of my favourite Spider patterns. This is tied just right and is ready for those Tay Trout. Excellent
22 August 2011
The flies look ok but I would have thought a small padded envelope would do for transit as opposed to a cardboard box.