Over the course of a year, we’re fortunate to fish with a lot of great anglers, many of whom hail from all over the world. Therefore, we get to witness a whole multitude of tips and techniques used for other species, that we might not have seen otherwise, and thus incorporate them into our own fishing!
Fly design is no different, and many modern Pacific salmon and steelhead flies were originally created from ideas and techniques borrowed from their Atlantic salmon brethren from the other side of the pond. In fact, we were recently blown away by one pattern in particular introduced to us by our good pal, Nic Jepson. It’s called the Franc N Snaelda, and if you haven’t fished it yet, we suggest you do.
The Franc N Snaelda was originally tied by UK fly tyer Sean Stanton combining two widely popular Atlantic salmon patterns; the Francis and the Snaelda. It’s become a staple in many hard core salmon anglers throughout Europe, but we’ll be the first to admit that we were a bit hesitant when Nic told us it worked well for king salmon too.. Boy, were we pleasantly surprised!
After watching Nic land fish after fish on the same pattern, including the specimen shown below, we were sold. So much so that we asked Nic to put together a step by step for us on how to tie it. He obliged, and today we share those instructions with you!
Franc N Snaelda – Tying Instructions
For more information on the Franc N Snaelda, including all the materials to tie the fly above, make sure to check out the official Franc N Snaelda website by clicking right here.