The Francis and Snaelda have been very popular and effective patterns for Atlantic Salmon. We started experimenting with these patterns for steelhead many years ago. The results were good, but not exceptional. Some years ago Sean Stanton combined the Francis and Snaelda patterns and dubbed the new pattern the “Franc ‘n Snaelda” (FNS). This pattern, like the Francis and Snaelda, turned out to be very effective and has become very popular in Europe. We extensively tested the FNS in our home rivers and the results have been remarkable. The only problem that we encountered with the pattern was that the dubbed or chenille body tended to break down from fraying against the fishes’ teeth. In order to resolve this we have changed the body to an epoxy/glitter body, which is virtually indestructible. We also created specific colour combinations that are effective on our local rivers. Our hackle stems are custom dyed. The result is a series of 6 FNS patterns; the “Babine”, “Kispiox”, “Bulkley”, “Skeena”, “Crustacean and “Iron Maiden”. For those who tie their own flies we have a step-by-step tying instruction here. Most of our FNS patterns are available in either aluminum or brass.
* NOTE: all tube flies come without a hook. We suggest a straight eye, off-set bait style hook, for connected rigging. For looped riggings we suggest a 45 degree up-eye, bait style hook, off-set, such as a Partridge Patriot Intruder hook. For dry flies we suggest the Partridge Patriot Stinger, inserted up-side-down.