Joe Mahler’s Strawboss Snook Fly

Strawboss Snook Fly

In the past five years, the Straw boss has become my “Go-To Fly” for  Snook and everything from largemouth, smallmouth and peacock bass in freshwater, to redfish, tarpon and sea trout in the salt.

The pattern does take some patience and practice to tie, but with a fly that is intended to be fished slowly, the details become very important.

By using Finnish Raccoon or craft fur underneath and buck tail over the top, I believe that the fly gives off a varied action – one limber and one stiff. Buck tail comes in so many colors, the trick is finding the long straight fibers instead of the kinky type.

This is the first installment of  Snook Flies. To read the rest of the interview, and for the complete step-by-step instructions for tying this snook fly and 7 more,  download your copy of Snook Flies at

Joe Mahler's Strawboss

Snook Flies by Drew ChiconeSnook Flies- Paperback by Drew Chicone

165  page downloadable pdf. is illustrated with ultra-hi resolution  step-by-step instructions, click the link, or icon to download your copy today.  $14.99  The paperback version should be available just in time for Christmas.  Detailed instructions for tying Joe Mahler’s Straw Boss, Dave Johnson’s Petticoat Streamer, Pete Squibb’s Dirty Squibbster, Drei Stroman’s Crystal D, Bill Baldus’s Neon Knight, Nicholas Davis’s Lightsaber Pilchard, Steve Gibson’s DT Special variation, and my go to the Captiva Cannibal.

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Keep Your Wraps Tight & Feathers Straight


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