Raggedy Snail


Imitates a snail, either floating or on the bottom, depending on the dressing. Works in either rivers or lakes. This pattern doubles as a viable imitation of stockier versions of dragonfly larvae.

Trout can be selective on snails when large numbers of them are available. For more on this subject, see the article Snails.


Tied with a foam body for buoyancy, this pattern can be used near the surface or suspending near weed beds (see below)

How to Fish

Pick out a fish slowly cruising along the bottom, feeding on snails (or so you surmise). Cast about ten feet ahead of the fish, let the fly sink to the bottom, and leave it be; it should rest in one place and not drift with the current or rod action. If the trout is actually feeding on snails, it will probably consume your imitation. If the fish isn't feeding on snails, your fly won't even get the dignity of an inspection. Obviously, this all works best when you're sight fishing.If fish aren't immediately interested, do NOT twitch or swim your pattern; you'll only spook the fish.

When using a floating version, present with the chuck-and-sit presentation, or use a full sinking line and cast near weed beds for a static, "suspending snail" presentation.

Tying Instructions

1. De-barb hook, place hook in vise, and start thread.

2. Wrap hook shank with lead wire (optional, for sinking version).

3. Tie in foam strip

4. Tie in woolly chenille

5. Wrap foam around shank, tie off.

6. Wrap woolly chenille over foam underbody.

7. Tie in hackle, wrap hackle tie off.

8. Whipfinish and cement head.

Hook: Dai Riki 300, size 12-16

Underbody: Lead wire and black dubbing (for bulk)

Body: Olive, brown, or black woolly chenille

Hackle: Soft brown hen hackle