When your standing in a “hot river” in the middle of the day and you spot a massive brown that just will not budge for the most ingenious morsel you have in your box whip out a spider. Spiders are protein intensive, they are like baklava on a silver platter. Arachnids are simply irresistible to most trout. I have found that they will move across a spooky pool for a shot at a spider snack. The strikes are jolting and very deliberate. Here is my simple pattern that you can tie in less than ten minutes with a little practice and the right materials.
Thread: Black Veevus 14/0
Abdomen: 1mm black Razor Foam folded on top of a black dubbed
beaver belly abdomen wound with black midge hackle (see underside photo below)
Legs: Knotted black pheasant tail
Sternum: Tie on all six legs of Pheasant tail and set the legs
with dubbed thread on mid section
Hackle: Hackle collar wound behind first set of legs (note: hackle collar sets legs in a forward position, only six knotted pheasant tail legs, the hackle collar represents the fourth set of legs moving)
Head & Mandible: Bring Razor Foam forward in front of hackle collar whip down, dubb head and whip finish in front of dubbing with wet thread.
This pattern has always been a great stand by when nothing is on the surface or the fish simply will not budge. Once you get the hang of setting the legs its quite simple to tie and I have passed this fly on to other fishermen on the most frustrating days with great success.
Clint Joseph Bova