I was informed of a young man in Scotland, who wasnt that well off in the way of fishing flies but was as keen as mustard and wanted to better himself in river fly fishing so I was put in contact with the young man through a friend and offered up the contents of my spider box to him which he duly accepted, I couldn't just stop there so the contents of my nymph box & klinkhammer box got emptied too and were posted to him.
The other evening I got confirmation they had arrived......
Hi George, I would like to say thanks for all the flies it’s really appreciated. I was not expecting all that but it will do me just fine. I am going to give my pal a good few as he’s new to the river fishing and tight for money so he’s thankful as well. Your a great man George.
To me thats all the just reward I need that some youngsters can enjoy a sport and hopefully improve their skills from such a small token gesture.
So after the clear out came the stocking again, something that I enjoy and relax to after a hard day at work.
Tying on a hook I came across last year which is the Fulling Mill FM5065 #16 although more designed for emerger patterns and nymphs I just liked the look of them for spiders so tied off a few last season, I have to say I had good success with them and although not designed as a spider hook they performed admirably so this year Im making all my spider patterns with them.
First out the vice were these 3, Partridge & Orange, Partridge & Yellow & Waterhen Bloa.
March Brown Spider, Winter Brown & Green Olive Spider.
With the Greenwells Spider, Iron Blue Dun Spider & a Woodcock & Hares Lug bringing up the rear.
It's been a few years since I last tied a Woodcock & Hares Lug but this was one pattern that used to never be out of my box when I predominately fished the Lanarkshire Avon & River Clyde and had many good fish on it, here's hoping it hasn't lost it talent as a fish catcher, except this time in the rivers of North Yorkshire
Next its the turn of the individual spider patterns of the rivers I fish in Yorkshire & beyond with expert local knowledge dating back years and the first river is the fly patterns for the River Tees, courtesy of the expert knowledge of Harry Vallack of Middleton in Teesdale which is well documented in his book Fishing Flies for Upper Teesdale.