Franc ‘n Snaelda Flies
Franc n Snaelda Flies
– Franc n Snaelda flies are available in brass and aluminum
– Durable epoxy body
– Custom dyed feelers
– 6 Franc n Snaelda Flies patterns: Babine, Skeena, Bulkley, Kispiox, Crustacean, Iron Maiden
– Very effective, extensively tested, proven
Custom Hand Tied Flies by Jaap Kalkman
In order to make custom fly production feasible and cost-effective there is a minimum order quantity of 6 per fly pattern.
Franc 'n Snaelda Flies; 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 Franc 'n Snaelda Flies 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. Watch a Youtube video on how to tie this fly here.
* 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 riggings that utilize a junction tubing connection we suggest the Partridge Patriot Stinger.
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All our flies are Custom Hand Tied here in Smithers, BC, Canada by Jaap Kalkman. With a broad experience in commercial fly production, fly design, guiding and destination travel, Jaap will be able to help you with fly selection and tie the perfect flies for your next fly fishing adventure.
We have a selection of fly designs that you can choose from, or you can completely custom design your flies. Either way the flies will be tied for you by Jaap. To facilitate the ordering process you can simply order the flies that we have in our design selection from the site. Using our standard shopping experience with basket and secure checkout. If you want a customized design that is not in our selection simply contact Jaap: firstname.lastname@example.org
Custom fly production takes time; we suggest to order your flies at least 2-3 months prior to your trip in order to make sure that your flies can be produced on time. When you place your order we will let you know when you can expect your flies to be ready. Waiting times most commonly vary between 2 weeks and 3 months. For big orders from Lodges and Guides and Outfitters we suggest to order your fly selections for the next season just after the current season.
In order to make custom fly production feasable and cost-effective there is a minimum order quantity of 6 per fly pattern.
The difference between a good angler and a great angler lies in the details. This goes also for fly designs. Attention to detail is what we do, from hook or tube selection to materials to the way the material are tied in to make them move the best. The end result is a fly that produces more strikes, the landing part is up to you!
Babine, Bulkley, Crustacean, Iron Maiden, Kispiox, Skeena