Re: Tying the Black and Peacock Spider
This fly was, for me & many others responsible for my first fly caught fish.
Over the years it's been "adjusted" to suit different needs of anglers everywhere.
My usual tying is has a mirage tinsel butt, to imitate an air bubble. The body is tied with black dyed peacock herl & counter-ribbed with fine green wire. I use a natural black hen hackle & sometimes palmer it 1/2 way down the body. If I can get them, black anodized hooks add to the "bankside" appeal. Some lead under the body can make a lot of difference as well.