Spider Pattern Fly

Spider Pattern

A very simple pattern imitating multi-legged insects and arachnoids.

How it's tied

Spider patterns are tied on a standard wet fly hook, typically with minimal materials to maintain their inherent simplicity and effectiveness. The body is commonly formed with a fine thread or silk, creating a slender profile that can be color-matched to the specific insect being imitated.

The defining feature of a Spider pattern is its hackle. A single feather, usually from a hen or partridge, is wrapped around the hook shank just behind the eye. This hackle is sparse and swept back over the body, allowing it to pulse in the water, replicating the legs and movement of an aquatic insect.

Some variations may include a subtle ribbing of fine wire or tinsel, and the head is typically finished with the tying thread, creating a neat, small head that secures all the materials in place.

What it mimics

Spider patterns are designed to mimic a broad spectrum of aquatic insects and small spiders. The soft hackle gives the fly a lifelike movement, while the slender body contributes to a naturalistic profile. Its effectiveness lies in its ability to impersonate a range of insects, making it a versatile choice in various situations and waters.

Where it's used

Spider patterns are used in a range of water types. They are particularly effective in clear water situations where the delicate presentation of the fly can entice wary or pressured fish. 

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Fish you can can fly fish for with the Spider Pattern

Brook trout

Brown Trout

Cutthroat Trout

Golden Trout


Marble Trout

Rainbow Trout



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