10 foot Spiders

in the UK the ‘traditional’ way to fish Spiders/North Country Wets/soft hackles is upstream or across stream and that’s how i like to fish them best. it doesn’t have anything to do with the tradition aspect because i couldn’t care less about tradition but because this manner presents the fly(s) in a dead drift/natural way […]

North Country Wets

by Ben Spinks as i’ve been recently researching and learning about and tying a lot of flies inspired by the North Country Wets or Spiders style and getting quite a few comments and questions by pm in the process, i thought i’d share this inspiring article that has a lot to say about these minimalistic […]

Pearsall’s problems ?

not all bobbins are created equal and that can be a little annoying when we want to use ‘out of the norm’ materials such as sexy Pearsall’s silks for tying say, traditional North Country Spiders or nylon or other cool looking threads found at a sewing shop. here’s a few examples of different bobbin sizes […]

the Italian job.

by Lucian Vasies what a quirky name for such a cool fly ! devised for inciting winter grayling in the crystal-clear waters of Eastern Europe, this simple yet ingenious generic pattern is bound to be a real success anywhere, particularly on calmer waters, tricky flat sections of rivers and lakes. i love the one-turn hen […]

the Reverse Hackling technique

by Hans Weilenmann i originally learned this technique of hackling flies from several Oliver Edwards fly tying video where he uses it mostly for North Country Spiders but Han’s brilliant demonstration here shows us the finer points to consider when doing this, whether it be for dries or hackled wets. there are several aspects that […]

The Practical Angler (more on WC Stewart)

after last week’s post on Stewart’s ideas of North Country Spiders, i did a little research and found this little gem: 212 pages in a free pdf format of a 1907 version of Stewart’s seminal treatise The Practical Angler. what a treat to be able to compare old and new ideas and concepts, what’s held on through […]

Stewart’s favourite colour appears to have been black.

 Stewart’s Spider a few musings on North Country Spiders by W.C. Stewart “Stewart’s favourite colour appears to have been black, his argument being that, in water, a fly between the fish and the light above is in silhouette, therefore colours are indistinctive, his opinion being that the movement of the hackle (legs) of the fly […]

How to Fish Emergers for Trout

the title says it all. filled with very excellent tips, this great fishing technique tutorial by Peter Charles warants no more additional comments on my part apart from the suggestion that this is an absolutely fantastic and very fun manner to fish traditional North Country Wets or Spiders or their contemprary counterparts and variants. continuing that […]


is yet another take on the North Country Spider style of wet flies. this one will have the job of imitating a chironomid. i’ll see if it’s a good actor soon. made with: love hook- Kamazan #18 barbless Maggot (yes, maggot… ) thread- Veevus 14/0 black abdomen- peacock eye quill died red thorax- Hends Spectra […]

Stewart’s Black Spider

by Niklas Dahlin we’d already seen a bit of the history of the North Country Spider patterns, including a video of Davie McPhail tying Stewart’s Black Spider and today i thought i’d share a step-by-step tied in Stewart’s manner by one of the best in traditional flies, my great friend Niklas Dahlin from Sweden. this […]