Re: Stewart's Spider
This is also a very effective pattern when fished across and down for almost anytime of year in the East.
Of Stewart's 3 spiders, the Black is the best know. He gave the complete recipes; simple as they are, for the Black and the Red Spiders. He left out the body for the Dun Spider, but most tyers consider that he meant it to have the same body as the Red Spider. I disagree on this point and when I tie the Dun Spider, I use an Adams Grey thread body; just a quirk - but it does catch fish in that dress.
When tying the spiders, a lot of tyers will wrap the hackle as one normally would with a soft hackle, but in my opinion, to get the best effect you need to twist the hackle and the thread together prior to winding it on the hook. There are several professional and amateur tyers that do it this way and I think that the effect is well worth the extra work.