1. “Dock light Special” – when the snook hit the beaches in the central portion of the state, they are greeted by schools of “Greenies”aka Pilchards, or white bait. The Docklight Special is designed to directly imitate those very same baitfish; it is a quick tie which can be done in under 20min by an experienced tier. I use a small bit of red crystal flash as a gill spot, but any flashy red material would work well(red holofusion fluro-fiber would be an ideal material), the body is made of “Steve Farrar’s flash blend” which is similar to supreme hair but is a bit finer and as the name suggests, has flash pre blended into it. All the material is tied on top of the hook to produce a “jigging”movement when stripped. Also don’t worry too much about putting the eyes on symmetrically, as a little mis-balance in the eyes provides the fly with a little extra action.
2. “Norms Crystal Schminnow”- A more traditional fly for beach snook does not exist. Many will tell you that you don’t need, and shouldn’t even bother with any other fly when fishing snook on the beach. The pattern was created by Norm Zeigler, but is derivative of a “Wooly Bugger” with a few minor adjustments. Another quick tie, which can be made to ride high, or sink fast with a few minor changes. I keep a box full of nothing but schminnows in multiple sizes, colors, and weights, as they work in a variety of different situations, not just snook on the beach.
3. “Sandal Shrimp” many people like to use small bonefish flies for beach snook, the “Sandal Shrimp” which is a working name that I made up, is somewhere in between a “Gotcha”, a “Crazy Charlie”, and a “Clouser Minnow” it is a very small fly, designed to land silently, sink fast, and imitate a small shrimp or glass minnow.