North Country Tungsten Spider
popular at the start of the Brown Trout season (March/April here in the UK).
They are a fantastic way to search a river, often fished in a team of two or
Towards the end of this email are some tips on Spider Fishing and also a link to
a blog post we made on 'How To Fish Spiders'.
Spiders (or Soft Hackle flies) are one of the most popular flies in rivers today,
and for good reason - they are very easy to fish and a really effective method
when there is no activity on the surface.
technique, especially in the early season when the rivers can be higher than
normal and there are no obvious hatches.
Here's an example of a 3-spider setup:
Tungsten Spider patterns. Go on, treat yourself and be ready for the start of the
We have added our own flourish to these ones and topped them off with a 2mm
silver tungsten bead, to get them just that little bit deeper - quicker.
age-old patterns (some date back over 400 years). These are the exact same
patterns as our popular Spider and North Country Spider selections, but with
the addition of a 2mm silver tungsten bead at the head, allowing you to reach
those trickier fish in the deeper pools. They are great on the point of a team of
three spiders and allow you to cover the full depth of water, all at the same
for early and mid-season trout. We have included 4 different patterns in this
selection please click on any image or button.
(designed to be used in all conditions throughout the early season), we are
supplying 3 of each tungsten beaded spider in size 14, all for only £18.
anywhere in the world ***
before, how do I use them?
A. We're glad you asked:
Spiders (or Soft Hackle flies) are one of the most popular flies used in rivers
today, and for good reason. They are very easy to fish and a really effective
method at the beginning of the trout season!
Usually fished in a team of either 2 or 3, and sometimes even 4. They are a
great searching technique, especially in the early season when the rivers can
be higher than normal and there are no obvious hatches.
An ideal tackle setup for spider fishing is:
Rod: 10’ 4wt with a soft tip is a good starter setup
Fly Line: Any 4wt fly line will do, but one with a long taper is ideal
Leader: A 9' to 12' tapered leader (4X or 5X). Make sure it is well de-
greased so it sinks easily.
Leader Configuration: Typically start with a 2 fly leader which is around 5'
long in total. This should consist of 2' to 3' tippet to your first dropper (6
inches long) and then a further 18” to 36” to the point fly, see below.
Use a small spider on the dropper and a larger spider/bead-head spider
as the point fly.
When fishing at close quarters use a furled leader for better turnover
To find out more, view our blog post here.