Originally Posted by dorian.ducker
The second pattern is a pretty traditional pattern called a March Brown Spider (I believe...), basically you use orange thread, hare's ear for the body, you can rib with either the tag end of the orange thread itself or a wire (I used the wire), tie in a soft hackle and finish with an orange head. In my opinion it is one of the greatest searching patterns. I've caught a few fish with those I'll tie one on with confidence if I can't figure out the bug situation. You should try some, you'll enjoy tying them!
Is the soft hackle partridge? I'll pick some up next time I'm at the shop. Did you tie it on a standard nymph hook?
Thanks for your help.