Spiders or Soft Hackles


Few traditional patterns have withstood the passage of time like North Country Spiders or Soft Hackles to our visitors from over the pond.  These flies work based on the principle of movement and a slim delicate profile that fish find irresistible. 

The hares lug, quill and plover spider or nymph illustrated is one of my greatest catching flies based on the traditional hare’s ear and plover.  The addition of a quill body makes the fly even more attractive and the golden plover hackle is a rare, delicate and beautiful addition with superb contrast and movement.

Spider patterns are versatile and can be fished in many ways not just the down and across or across and down methods.  Add ghink to fish the spider as a dry where it gives a superb impression of a vulnerable trapped emerger.  The great spider fishers of the past like W.C. Stewart in the Practical Angler insisted that spiders should be fished upstream and submerged.  The hare’s lug, quill and plover spider can be fished with success using all these methods and is particularly effective in a hatch of olives. Available on size 14 barbless highest quality Japanese Maruto D04 BL hooks.

The nymph version of the hare’s lug, quill and plover can be  added to a team of spiders to take them sub surface when fishing across and down or used as a duo nymph where it is a superb catching fly. It features a 2mm tungsten bead and is tied on a size 16 jig Hends BL120 hook. Only £1.50 per fly. Please add to cart.

Plover Spider

Plover Nymph


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