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Tying the Snatcher ~ Wickhams (Hot Orange)

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Wickhams Hot Orange Snatcher Fly Tying Materials List

 

Tying the Wickhams Hot Orange Snatcher Step 1

STEP 1 : Wind the thread down the hookshank, catching in some No5 Glo Brite Floss as you go. Stop at a position just around the bend..

Tying the Wickhams Hot Orange Snatcher Step 2

STEP 2 : Wind the floss down and back up the bend and secure with thread, then trim the waste floss. Then apply some brush on superglue to the floss and leave to dry for a few minutes.

Tying the Wickhams Hot Orange Snatcher Step 3

STEP 3 : Now catch in a piece of fine oval gold tinsel and some flat gold holographic tinsel.

Tying the Wickhams Hot Orange Snatcher Step 4

STEP 4 : Wind the gold holographic tinsel up the hookshank towards the eye. (Doesn't need to be perfectly level, just make sure no thread colour appears between the tinsel wraps). Tie off with thread and trim waste.

Tying the Wickhams Hot Orange Snatcher Step 5

STEP 5 : Now catch in a Red Game or Ginger cock hackle and palmer the hackle down to the start of the fluo orange butt.

Tying the Wickhams Hot Orange Snatcher Step 6

STEP 6 : Keeping the hackle taught in your left hand, start to wind the oval gold tinsel up the hookshank, its best to move the tinsel from side to side (left to right) as you wind, this stops quite a few of the palmered hackle fibres from becoming trapped under the tinsel. Once 1/3 way up the hookshank you can let go of the hackle.

Tying the Wickhams Hot Orange Snatcher Step 7

STEP 7 : Tie the oval tinsel in and trim the waste.

Tying the Wickhams Hot Orange Snatcher Step 8

STEP 8 : Now catch in a hot orange cock hackle.

Tying the Wickhams Hot Orange Snatcher Step 9

STEP 9 : Wind the hot orange hackle to create a nice head hackle, 2-3 turns is more than enough. Secure with thread and trim waste.

Tying the Wickhams Hot Orange Snatcher Final Step

STEP 10 : This part is optional, but I like to tie in a pair of fluo Yellow Goose biots, one at either side of the head. Traditional patterns use Jungle cock but are expensive and I find Goose Biots make a nice substitute.
To tie in , just cut a goose biot to length, tie in with 2 or 3 wraps of thread at the back of the head and pull the waste biot towards the rear of the hookshank, this will put a kink in the biot. Now cut the waste biot on the kink, this should leave you wil a few mm's of waste and will keep the head neat and uniform. Repeat for the other side.

Tying the Wickhams Hot Orange Snatcher with  Fluro Orange Head

Fluo Orange : Another alternative is to use a fluo orange head, rather than black thread, your choice.
Other variants I use :-
1. Same as above but white head hackle.
2. Same as above but with a red game or ginger Head Hackle and hot orange goose biots..
3. Fluo Chartreuse Butt, Black Tinsel, Black Palmered Hackle, White Head Hackle and Fluo Green Biots.