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by Flyfloatr » Fri Apr 14, 2006 8:21 am
I am looking for a good pattern for a topwater spider. I have been using foam spiders with rubber legs at the local pond for bluegills, but would much rather tie my own. Any suggestions?
by ridgeliner » Fri Apr 14, 2006 10:30 am
This post should be on the bluegillsite instead of the steelheadsite. If the spider you are using is working - tie some just like it. I have had good luck for bluegill with various foam flies that I tie.
by Defjam » Fri Apr 28, 2006 2:33 pm
I tie up a pattern that is more of spider/ant hybrid. I should note, these flys are extremely easy and fast to tie. Even when they are completed appear ragged and less than a "work of art" the fishies don't care.
Dry Fly Hooks Size 10-18
Body Black Craft Foam
Post Orange Craft Foam
Black / Brown Quality Dry fly Short Hackle
1. Cover the shank of the hook with a layer of black thread and return wrap toward the eye to the middle of the hook.
2. Tie in a short (triple the width of the hook shank's diameter and the same length of the shank) pc of black craft foam. Use a lighter to round the ends of the foam to give it a more ant like body.
3. Give it two medium tensioned wraps followed by one tight wrap and secure it to the hook. You may wish to dap a spot of super glue here and wait for it to dry or just proceed to the next step.
4. Tie on top of that mouting point a post of orange craft foam. I'm blind when it comes to black / brown flies hitting shadowed water. So this indicator is a must for my eyes.
5. Wrap thread in front and back of the post to stand it upright (which it should do naturally anyway)
6. Tie in a 3" pc of hackle at the post base and wrap using the parachute post technique.
7. Wrap the hackle three times around the base of the orange foam post and then under the front section of the black foam body and across the hook shank.
8. Wrap the end down with the black thread and clip the excess length.
9. Whip finish the thread and cut.
10. Trim the excess hackle points from the under belly of the hook shank where it was tied off.
11. Trim the orange indicator post to just above the top hackle wrap.
12. I use zap a gap for securing the thread and just a bit on the hackle to keep it on the orange foam post.
These are great flys that seem to bring out the bigger fish. Because I use the orange indicator post, they don't disappear into shaded underbrush areas and the shadows.
In these pictures you can see the fly (barely) although I realize the fish aren't what your exactly requesting, it works just the same in our local ponds.
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