Re: North Fork Spider
Before tying the hackles to the fly, I make a thin body of fur. I do this for 2 reasons.
The first reason is to aid in flotation. I soak the fly in silicone and let it dry at home before going fishing. I soak and dry at least 2 times. I then add some light silicone grease to the body when on the water. The fly is unsinkable even after catching fish.
The second reason is that the fur forces the palmered hackle to stick out from the body.