Snook Fly Patterns
Snook flies take on two variations in that they are either surface patterns or sub-surface patterns. In either case they are baitfish imitations in general and are often designed with a good deal of white in the color scheme. Large and predominant plastic eyes are also common to give the snook a target to aim for.
Pictured here is Snook-A-Roo, a pattern created by Jim Stewart that can be considered one of the prototype patterns for snook flies. Spun deer hair is common to the surface flies in this category of patterns with many of them taking on popper-like qualities.
Sub-surface patterns contain a good deal of synthetic fish hair type materials and are normally designed to ride just under the surface rather than deep in the water column. They are also designed to push a good deal of water as Snook have an excellent lateral line for sensing vibrations.
Backcountry Sweeper Pattern Recipe: Hook TMC811S, Thread- White 3/0, Tail- White straight cut rabbit fur strip with pearl Krystal Flash and white marabou tied with mono loop to support tail for anti-fouling, Collar- Dyed tan deer hair, Body- Tan and red elk hair spun and trimmed to shape. Pattern Designer: Steve Huff
Half and Half (Red-White Color Scheme) Pattern Recipe: Hook- TMC811S, Thread- White 6/0, Tail- Six white saddle hackle with silver Flashabou, Collar- Dyed red bucktail, Eyes- Lead barbell eyes painted red with black pupils, Body- Gray dyed bucktail top white bucktail bottom. Pattern Designer: Bob Clouser/Lefty Kreh
Snook-A-Roo Pattern Recipe: Hook TMC811S, Thread- Fluorescent fire orange single strand nylon floss, Weedguard- Monofilament eye to bend loop, Tail- White bucktail, grizzly hackles, silver Flashabou and lime green Krystal Flash, Butt- Shell pink chenille, Head- Dyed white deer hair and natural deer hair with black center spun and trimmed to shape, Wing- White dyed, Eyes 9mm 3-D plastic eyes blue with black pupils. Pattern Designer: Jim Stewart
Spanish Fly ( White/Green Color Scheme) Pattern Recipe: Hook- TMC811S, Thread- White 3/0, Tail- White saddle hackle splayed, Lower Body- Pearl-Gold Angle Hair, Upper Body- Chartreuse Angle Hair, Wing- Pearl Flashabou over Olive Flashabou, Eyes- 7mm White with black pupil doll eyes. Pattern Designer: Jose Wejebe
Spanish Snook Pattern Recipe: Hook TMC811S, Thread- White 3/0, Weedguard- 20 lb Mason Hard Nylon eye to bend loop, Tail- White saddle hackles, Collar- Dyed white deer hair spun and trimmed to shape, Head- White deer hair and dyed red deer hair spun and trimmed to shape, Eyes- 7mm white/black doll eyes. Pattern Designer: Jose Wejebe