Henning's Snot

An oldie pattern from GFF   Other Lab flies

By Martin Joergensen

This fly was originally developed by Henning Eskol, a member of the Bananaflies - my fly tying guild. Henning's first flies used hare's ear dubbing and rubber legs, but at one of our meetings this winter he started puttin in some SLF to add a bit of shine to the fly. Since then he tied a lot of these flies, and it developed far. He wound up tying with SLF only, and after having tried the fly in water he announced: "It looks vary good in the water - exactly like a piece of snot". He did say 'snotklat' which is actually a gob in Danish.
This is Henning's original 'Snotklat'
So we babtised the fly 'Snotklatten' - The Gob.

The pattern
The materials are as follows:
Hook Short stainless down eye hook size 4-8 (I use a straight eye)
Thread White or Dynacord
Tail Rubber legs, the original uses black. One hook length.
Body A mix of SLF: light color (white or seals fur) and dark (red, green or brown). SLF is a Partridge/Davy Wotton product.
Head Small, color of thread

  • The trick is to tie the SLF in as a two color dubbing rope - either in a loop or as a twisted rope.
  • Henning does it with a loop putting both colors in there at once.
  • I dub the body with the dark color and use a dubbing loop to cover it with the lighter shade.
  • After the fly is finished it's heavily molested with a piece of velcro on a piece of dovel wood.
  • Treat it rough and don't be frightned of tearing off a bit of material.
  • On the finished fly all loose, light material points backwards and the darker color shines through.

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