Thanks Grahame. I think these are going to be favored by my trout. I like trying new patterns but have often found that the older spider patterns out fish the “new kids on the block”. I’ve been stocking a box with spiders tied with under hackle and am really looking forward to testing them against the older ones.
I’ll be looking for the hatch of late season olives which are common here. While those in my waters are usually brownish as nymphs, as they prepare to hatch, they turn a number of shades of olive. Since the whole family struggles to escape the nymphal stage and emergence can take quite some time, I think the spider style in shades of olive and sizes 20-14 should be deadly here. That “under hackle” might just give the impression of a moving, struggling insect better than spiders tied without this refinement.
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