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Fiddling with spiders

Saturday, 6 October 2018 at 13:21

Holographic spiders The light in the study isn't right for photography but the image at least gives a fair impression: I've been fiddling about with spiders and other classic Northern wet-flies, trying to work in strands of holographic tinsel to standard dressings. To the left of the image, for example, are a couple of Woodcock and Reds (a classic spring pattern) together with the variants of the same pattern tied with red holographic bodies (top left). These last seem to me perhaps worth an experiment, especially when notionally cast to autumn and winter grayling. The Peacock Spider variants (mid), tied with red holographic ribbing, are already tried-and-tested and I wouldn't be without them.

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