'North Country' Spiders

Badly tied spiders are common particularly among imported flies. The usual fault is that the hackle looks like a grass skirt - i.e. it is too full and swept back. It should be like the spokes of an umbrella. The reason is that in this attitude, it has a back-and-forward motion in the current, whereas the grass skirt just trails along.


Due to the increasing scarcity of traditional soft (game bird) hackles I have been obliged to increase many of the following prices.

Partridge & Orange

Partridge & Orange

The traditional ‘North Country’ style.

List code SP         12 14 16 18        £0.90



Snipe & Purple

Snipe & Purple

This pattern together with Partridge & Orange and Waterhen Bloa form the 'Big 3' of the North Country Spiders.

List code SN         12 14 16 18        £0.90


See also the Snipe and Purple beadhead in the Beadheads section.


Hare's Ear & Plover

Hare's Ear & Plover

Tied with the traditional gold tag, this very successful fly is reminiscent of the Waterhen Bloa but richer in colour.

Sorry, no materials left for size 14 until firther notice.

List code SV        12 14 16 18        £1.20



Winter Brown

Winter Brown

A needle fly representation. Woodcock under-wing covert, Pearsall’s orange body, peacock head

List code SB        12 14 16 18        £0.90



Waterhen Bloa

Waterhen Bloa

Now supplied with coot hackle
Genuine waterhen (moorhen) available @ £2.00 each while stocks last

List code SH        12 14 16         £0.90

List code SHW         12 14 16         £2.00



Dark Moorgame

Dark Moorgame

Tied according to Pritt (Pearsall’s silk, grouse hackle, small peacock head)

List code SA        12 14 16 18        £0.90



Dark Watchet

Another needle fly. Waterhen over-wing covert, Pearsall’s orange body with purple rib dubbed mole.

List code SD        12 14 16         £0.90



Woodcock & Hare’s Lug

Woodcock & Hare’s Lug

Woodcock over-wing covert, Pearsall’s orange body dubbed hare’s ear

List code SW        12 14 16 18        £0.90



Black & Peacock

Black & Peacock

Includes a pearly tag to simulate an air bubble.

List code SK        14 16         £0.85



Greenwell spider

Greenwell spider

The wingless version of the immortal Greenwell's Glory

List code SG        12 14        £0.85



Spanish needle

Spanish needle (light)

I find this to be the most aesthetically pleasing of the 'spiders'. The trout often like it, too. Pearsall's red body, snipe underwing covert (very light colour), peacock head.

List code SL        12 14 16 18        £0.90



Soft hackle

Soft hackle

An attractive but lesser-known pattern, could be viewed as an up-market Partridge & Orange. In fact, is identical with an Irish version of the latter.

List code SS        12 14         £0.90



Corixa spider

Corixa spider

As Trout & Salmon Oct 05. Pearly body, orange thread head dubbed yellow.

List code SC        12 14 16        £0.90



White spider

White spider

Small and special.

List code ST        14 16 18        £0.85



Pearly spider

Pearly spider (Dan Cahill)

A pearly body is a very useful addition to the range.

List code SR        12 14 16 18        £0.90



Stewart's Black Spider

Stewart's Black Spider

An untidy looking spider with a strong reputation. Created by W. C. Stewart to represent terrestrial spiders. Brown thread and starling hackle, tied so as to ensure the untidy appearance.

List code SE        14 16 18        £0.90



March Brown spider

March Brown spider

The Edmonds & Lee version. Use when there is a hatch of any large brown fly.

List code SM        12 14        £0.90



Snipe Bloa (Light Snipe)

Snipe Bloa (Light Snipe)

As Edmonds & Lee, Snipe underwing covert and primrose silk.

List code SO        14 16 18        £0.90