New as of 11/6/21: Buy Bulk! We now offer our Silver Snakes™ in 50 and 100 packs for higher volume makers, or anyone who wants to secure a lifetime supply while we’ve got them available. Please understand, we do not offer oxide finishes in the large packs.
These tenders offer rodmakers a new twist on a trusty old component. Silver Snakes™ are crafted from solid nickel silver wire. The feet are traditional paddle feet – they’ll look great under translucent silk wraps, though you may need to touch up the feet just a little. These are not soldered at the base of the loop, which offers you, the rodmaker, some serious flexibility…. spread the feet and you both open the loop and drop it a little closer to the blank, or push the feet in and match them snugly on the centerline of the blank for a nice circular opening. Heck, you can even slide the feet ‘past’ snug, cross-legged if you will, and the loop will become very narrow and slightly taller. Play around. These were, pre-WWII, originally made to frame grooved, porcelain, rings. Perhaps due to the war, these never caught on as an alternative to wire snake guides. Now, by repurposing these tiny guide frames as hook tenders, we are recycling an otherwise outdated component, yet using them on the very rods they were intended for: flyrods. That’s historical revisionism we can live with! Medium, Small, X-small.
There’s one picture in the photo group that shows a Silver Snake wrapped around one of the original porcelain rings; please understand that these do not ship with the porcelain rings in place. On this page, we’re only selling the original nickel silver frames, what we now call our “Silver Snake Hook Tenders.”
Read a ton about Silver Snakes in our post, here!