Saturday, 1 June 2013

More than just a Spider hook…


The Partridge Spider Hook (L3A/S) might well have been designed with North Country patterns in mind, however, it’s a lot more than just a Spider hook. The “Captain Hamilton” bend and wide gape make it an ideal choice for a range of emerger and terrestrial dressings too.  Whether using deer hair (al a Bob Wyatt’s DHE) or CdC, it’s my first choice when tying shuttlecock style emergers so popular with river angler’s today.  Though for black gnats, hawthorn flies or beetle imitations you couldn’t ask for a more balanced hook.  My favourite sizes are 12 down to 16.

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A clutch of flies that have served me well recently…dressings below







Hook: Partridge Spider #14

Thread: Danville’s Primrose

Butt: Pearly tinsel

Body: Olive dubbing

Wing: Elk/Deer hair

Thorax: Hare’s Fur





Hook: Partridge Spider #16

Thread: Danville’s Wine

Rib: Danville’s Wine

Body: Mole’s fur

Wing: Natural CdC

Thorax: Hare’s Ear






Hook: Partridge Spider #14

Thread: Sheer 14/0 Black

Body: Peacock Herl

Shellback: Black Ethafoam

Post: Fl Yellow TMC Aero

Thorax: Peacock Ice-Dub

Head: Ethafoam folded over