North Country Spider Flies

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Spider trout flies are typically dressed  very sparcely in the manner of traditional Northen style spiders or Clyde style spiders. Theseare one of the different types of wet flies we stock, other wet flies include Beadhead Flies, Hackled Wet Flies, Spider / North Country Flies, Winged Wet Flies and Irish Bumbles more details below.
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Black Spider

Black Spider£0.75   £0.70  (3)

Available in Fly Size(s)
10, 12, 14

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Barbless Partridge and Orange Northern Spider Heritage Range

Barbless Partridge and Orange Northern Spider Heritage Range£1.10   £1.00

Available in Fly Size(s)
14, 16, 18

Greenwells Spider

Greenwells Spider£0.75   £0.70  (5)

Available in Fly Size(s)
12, 14, 16.

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Barbless Snipe and Purple Northern Spider Heritage Range

Barbless Snipe and Purple Northern Spider Heritage Range£1.10   £1.00

Available in Fly Size(s)
14, 16, 18

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Hares Lug & Plover Northern Spider Trout Fly

Hares Lug & Plover Northern Spider Trout Fly£1.25   £1.00

Available in Fly Size(s)
12, 14

Greenwell Dry (without wings)

Greenwell Dry (without wings)£1.00   £0.80

Available in Fly Size(s)
14, 16, 18, 20.

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Partridge & Orange Northern Spider Heritage Range

Partridge & Orange Northern Spider Heritage Range£1.25   £1.00  (1)

Available in Fly Size(s)
14, 16, 18

Black & Peacock Spider

Black & Peacock Spider£0.75   £0.70  (1)

Available in Fly Size(s)
10, 12, 14

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Barbless Grouse and Yellow Northern Spider Heritage Range

Barbless Grouse and Yellow Northern Spider Heritage Range£1.10   £1.00

Available in Fly Size(s)
14, 16, 18

Wickhams Spider

Wickhams Spider£0.75   £0.70  (4)

Available in Fly Size(s)
12, 14.

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Gold Bead Endrick Spider Heritage Range

Gold Bead Endrick Spider Heritage Range£1.25   £1.00  (2)

Available in Fly Size(s)
14, 16

Pheasant Tail Spider

Pheasant Tail Spider£0.75   £0.70  (4)

Available in Fly Size(s)
8, 10, 12, 14, 16.

Partridge & Orange Spider

Partridge & Orange Spider£0.75   £0.70  (5)

Available in Fly Size(s)
12, 14, 16

Snipe & Purple Spider

Snipe & Purple Spider£0.75   £0.70  (5)

Available in Fly Size(s)
10, 12, 14, 16

Greenwells Glory Dry Fly Selection

Greenwells Glory Dry Fly Selection£6.00

10 flies
sizes 14,16
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March Brown Northern Spider Trout Fly

March Brown Northern Spider Trout Fly£1.25   £1.00  (3)

Available in Fly Size(s)
12, 14

Partridge & Yellow Spider

Partridge & Yellow Spider£0.75   £0.70  (4)

Available in Fly Size(s)
12, 14, 16

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Snipe & Purple Northern Spider Heritage Range

Snipe & Purple Northern Spider Heritage Range£1.25   £1.00  (1)

Available in Fly Size(s)
14, 16, 18

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Waterhen Bloa Northern Spider Trout Fly

Waterhen Bloa Northern Spider Trout Fly£1.25   £1.00

Available in Fly Size(s)
12, 14, 16

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Bracken Clock Northern Spider Heritage Range

Bracken Clock Northern Spider Heritage Range£1.25   £1.00  (1)

Available in Fly Size(s)
14

Greenwells Spider Northern Country Trout Fly

Greenwells Spider Northern Country Trout Fly£1.25   £1.00  (2)

Available in Fly Size(s)
12, 14, 16.

Hot-Spot Spider Red

Hot-Spot Spider Red£0.75   £0.70

Available in Fly Size(s)
12, 14, 16.

Northern Spiders Traditional Fly Collection

Northern Spiders Traditional Fly Collection£12.00  (1)

Traditional Spider Patterns - Yorkshire Spiders

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Grouse & Yellow Northern Spider Heritage Range

Grouse & Yellow Northern Spider Heritage Range£1.25   £1.00

Available in Fly Size(s)
14, 16, 18

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Light Spanish Needle Spider Heritage Range

Light Spanish Needle Spider Heritage Range£1.25   £1.00

Available in Fly Size(s)
12, 14, 16

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Smoke Fly Northern Spider Heritage Range

Smoke Fly Northern Spider Heritage Range£1.25   £1.00

Available in Fly Size(s)
14, 16, 18

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Woodcock and Red Northern Spider Trout Fly

Woodcock and Red Northern Spider Trout Fly£1.25   £1.00

Available in Fly Size(s)
14, 16, 18

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Green Owl Northern Spider Heritage Range

Green Owl Northern Spider Heritage Range£1.25   £1.00

Available in Fly Size(s)
12, 14, 16

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Snipe Bloa Northern Spider Heritage Range

Snipe Bloa Northern Spider Heritage Range£1.25   £1.00

Available in Fly Size(s)
14, 16, 18

March Brown Fly Selection

March Brown Fly Selection£6.00

10 flies
sizes 14,16
Caddis Spider Green

Caddis Spider Green£0.75   £0.70

Available in Fly Size(s)
12, 14, 16.

Greenwells Spider Fly Selection

Greenwells Spider Fly Selection£5.75

10 flies
Hot-Spot Spider Green

Hot-Spot Spider Green£0.75   £0.70

Available in Fly Size(s)
12, 14, 16.

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Old Joan Northern Spider Heritage Range

Old Joan Northern Spider Heritage Range£1.25   £1.00  (1)

Available in Fly Size(s)
14, 16

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Olive Bloa Northern Spider Trout Fly

Olive Bloa Northern Spider Trout Fly£1.25   £1.00

Available in Fly Size(s)
14, 16

Partridge & Orange Fly Selection

Partridge & Orange Fly Selection£6.50  (1)

8 flies
sizes 14,16
Partridge & Yellow Fly Selection

Partridge & Yellow Fly Selection£6.50

8 flies
sizes 14,16
Snipe & Purple Fly Selection

Snipe & Purple Fly Selection£5.75

10 flies
sizes 14,16
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The Mike Harding North Country Selection 1

The Mike Harding North Country Selection 1£6.50   £7.50  (1)

7 Hard To Find Traditional North Country Patterns

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The Mike Harding North Country Selection 2

The Mike Harding North Country Selection 2£6.50   £7.50

7 Hard To Find Traditional North Country Patterns

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Soft Hackle Spider / North Country Wet Flies

Yorkshire spiders are the traditional wet trout and grayling fishing flies of the North of England.  They are soft hackle patterns which are deadly when fished upstream or downstream. They represent a fly fishing tradition which goes back many many years and they remain in use today because they are so effective when presented in the correct way.

These flies are constantly in use on rivers throughout the British Isles and they will prove just as effective on any trout stream in the world.

Yes we imitate hatches with our fishing flies, no spiders have NOTHING to do with imitating Spiders! This is the name given over the years as when dry from immersion the soft hackle looks like the legs of a large spider!  Spider flies are over 300 years old and still they still catch fish. These are not an imitation pattern an exact match like blue winged olives, they are impressionistic patterns. The soft hackle represents the legs and wings of a subsurface insect, but it is the movement in these flies that make them work. Soft hackled wet flies like spiders are extremely successful patterns on streams, rivers, lakes and reservoirs. the hackle responds to every movement of current as it is pulled through the water on the retrieve, thus suggesting to the fish this imitation is alive. The hackles are swept back over the hook as it is pulled through the water. Spider or North Country flies can catch trout by:

  • look like emerging insects or 'buzzers' that are the midge or olive hatch coming to the surface or 
  • they can imitate the wings and legs of a hatched out insect, drowning or drowned as it tumbles in the current and finally
  • it can also imitate a struggling or swimming subsurface insect with the mobile hackles giving a suggestion of life and hence food to the trout.

During a hatch we have seen how trout can become totally preoccupied with eating as many emerging insects as they can. The trout eat them on their journey up to the surface to hatch with the trout feeding in the top 12 inches of water. This is identified when the fish are taking food just below the surface.  The undersurface rising movement of fish is frequently visible to the fly fisher, this is called  'Bulging', indeed if you see the fish's mouths never break the surface, a sure sign they are eating buzzers/emergers. 

Emergers reach the surface and emerge in the surface film and as they wait on the surface for their wings to dry before they fly off. In a lull in a hatch using a heavier nymph such as a diawl bach (little welsh devil)  or pheasant tail they sink too rapidly and trout will not  eat the artificial fly. Fishing a fly in the top 12 inches of water is crucial, slow sinking patterns are important and this is where Spiders are key being sol lightly dressed. As excellent imitations of emerging nymphs and midges with the soft hackle acts as a parachute while the fly sinks and with a a hackle that has a high degree of water resistance.

Trout do take static food like pupae in the surface film or spent spinners yet they also take subsurface food that is moving. A trout has the opportunities to investigate a static dry fly floating on the surface to see if it recognizes the silhouette as food. A trout's recognition of a subsurface insect is not just on shape it is a combination of silhouette and swimming movement. When insects swim, their legs cling to their sides as they are propelled through the water. As their momentum slows their arms move forward to make the next stroke to propel them forward again. This is the exact movement duplicated by the soft hackles on a spider fly. As you retrieve the fly the hackles are forced back against the body of the fly and on the pause the hackles move forward again just like the real insect about to make another swimming stroke.

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