About the Bretts' Snail Thong Trout Fly
The Snail Thong should be presented about a yard in front of tailing Trout, but for spookier fish the fly can be presented well out in front of the fish, safe in the knowledge that it will be sitting up irresistibly in front of them as they swim past. Judging the strike can be difficult because it involves a combination of watching for a swirl on the fly or for the leader to move and a lot of gut feeling as to
whether the fish has the fly.
As far as I can determine, the Thong nymph was first described in Paul Marriner's contribution to The Worlds Best Trout Flies. The secret of the Thong is that it is weighted so that it only just sinks, and as soon as it touches the bottom, or weed near the bottom, the fly rests on its tail of hackle fibres instead of sinking out of sight. Later, I developed the Snail Thong, to more closely resemble an aquatic snail attached to a piece of grass- because snails form a large part of the diet of tailing trout in Tasmania.
The Tasmanian Western Lakes area is renowned for its great Fly Fishing to big Trout in shallow water. One of the very exciting and visual aspects of this shallow water fly fishing is what we call fishing to
tailing trout. Tailing fish are trout that are seen in water shallow enough so that their movements can be detected by either a bow wave, swirl, or better still by their tails and/or backs protruding from the
water. These fish when hooked will often head for the safety of deeper water, which sometimes is more than a fly lines length away, and because the water is so shallow, the battle with a hooked tailing fish is often very visual with lots of jumps and big splashes.
Needless to say, hooking one of these fish can be a real challenge and fly selection is often vital. I have always enjoyed the gentle take from those big Western Lakes brownies on a Red Tag and believe me, many a tailing fish has fallen victim to a well placed dry fly. Sometimes, however, particularly early in the season, tailing fish are not looking up and a dry fly is completely ignored. The next challenge is to use a wet fly that does not sink into the weedy margins before a trout can find it. This is where the Snail Thong comes into it's own.
Creator of this trout fly: Brett Wolf
Tier of this trout fly: Brett Wolf
Country of origin for this trout fly: Tasmania
This trout fly is designed to be fished on Still Water fish
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