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Spider trout fly patterns

Description A spider trout fly pattern is wingless but has a number of long hackles that extend back from behind the head and are said to represent the legs of a spider. These are traditional flies that originated in the UK.

March Brown Spider

Daddy-Long-Legs
Art of Fly Fishing Calendars
1998-2007

© Michael Scheele

Use

Although not common in the New Zealand fly box, spider patterns are very useful flies to have when fishing from late summer through to autumn, particularly during the evening rise. They are also good to use tied to the top dropper when nymph fishing their "legs" can inpart some movement and so entice a strike.

Generally spider patterns flies are fished just subsurface though some (notably the Daddy Long Legs or Cranefly) can be fished both wet or dry.

Type Wet and dry fly
See also

Black Spider
March Brown Spider
Daddy-Long-Legs

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