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Once long gone, there existed a 'fraternity' of anglers who felt an obligation to use only the 'standard' patterns of the day. We hope to bring a bit of nostalgia to these pages and to you. And sometimes what you find here will not always be about fishing. Perhaps you will enjoy them. Perhaps you will fish the flies. Perhaps?

Snelling Wet Flies

Compiled by Deanna Lee Birkholm

From time to time we receive requests for instructions on how to produce a gut snelled hook, especially by those tying the "old" flies who want to have the whole presentation authentic. The following is from The ART of FLY TYING by Chas. M. Wetzel, published in 1936.

"We will now proceed to form the loop in the short gut snell. Refer to Fiqs. 1,2, 3, 4, 5, which illustrate the tying of this knot. First soak the gut in water to soften it; then hold loop at point A, Fig. I, with thumb and first finger of left hand. Grasp end B with thumb and first finger of right hand and form the second loop, holding it at point A, See Fig 2. This will be the size of the finished loop. Then again with thumb and first finger of right hand at B, take this remaining end and lay it across and between the two loops previously formed as shown in Fig. 3. Now with the dubbing needle in the right hand and from the back, reach through the first loop formed, grasp the second loop (point C, Fig. 3.) and pull it through— meanwhile releasing point A and holding with left hand at B and D until loop is tightened. Fig. 4 illustrates the second loop being pulled through the first. Trim off end B and the loop is complete. The length of snell should be from 4 to 4 1/2" long. See Fig. 5."

Credits: From The Art of Fly Tying by Chas. M. Wetzel. Thanks to William Fitzgerald for sending a copy of this wonderful booklet! By the way, can you name this knot?

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