Tuesday, 15 September 2009


Spiders are great fun to fish, simple to tie and hugely effective. I've had some good success fishing them 'washingline style' - a dry on the point and a spider on the dropper. This slightly palmered hackle (Stewart style) allows it to ride that little bit higher:

Hook: Kamasan B175 #16
Thread: Pearsall's silk #5
Hackle: Grizzle, olive hen (Ewing)



letumgo said...

Perfectly tyed spider, Dave! I am always amazed how elegant a simple spider pattern can be. They are a joy to tye and the fish love them. I guess that's why they have such a long history in fly tying.

Dave Wiltshire said...

Thanks Ray - there's a sence of going back in time when I fish fish spiders - a shout-out to the history of fly fishing. Thanks for the support ;)