The Crystal Snail is a great pattern for large trout in any slower moving river, stream, lake, or reservoir. Rarely utilized, the snail aka gastropod are present in every piece of trout water in the west.
Imitates: Snails, Aquatic Beetles.
Useful for: Retrieving behind a sinking lines as well as under an indicator. This is a great fly to put behind a leech pattern on a sinking line or hung under an indicator.
Tricks/Techniques: First thing I like to point out is how fast snails move. Snails pace is best when fishing this fly behind a larger streamer or when retrieving on it’s own. I often pair this with a smaller scud or midge pattern under the indicator. No Sierra fly fisher should be without a few snail patterns.
This fly is hand tied at my own bench in the United States of America under the highest of scrutiny. A tested and proven pattern.