The Sno Ball Beetle is another great pattern from Dennis Collier. Dennis is simply one of the most creative tyers I know and is a pleasure to watch tie and fish with. Dennis developed this fly as a smaller more streamlined version of the popular Chernobyl Ant, for use up in Rocky Mountain National Park. The Sno Ball is a great ‘guide fly’; quick and easy to tie, durable and super buoyant. The trout up in the Park go nuts for it and it has proven its worth on more pressured waters like the South Platte, the San Juan and the Blue. We have also found Denny’s bug to be a killer on mountain lakes and ponds. I used this pattern on the Frying Pan earlier this summer during a heavy baetis hatch and absolutely pounded them with it…keep this in mind, that’s all I’m gonna say.
Dennis has a very specific pattern set up for making the foam body blanks. He uses a jig set up with triangulated measurements to cut the bodies to the appropriate size for their respective hook. Dennis was kind enough to provide me with a chart of the sizes which is as follows:
Size 16 Hook-1/2″ Long X 1/8″ Wide
Size 14 Hook-5/8″ Long X 3/16″ Wide
Size 12 Hook- 3/4″ Long X 1/4″ Wide
Size 10 Hook- 7/8″ Long X 5/16″ Wide
Twist up some Sno Balls and give them a try this season. They work so well they’ll make you SHIVER! Why do you think Dennis’ hair is so white?