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Old 11-22-2012, 04:27 PM
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Default Jay&Orange spider for Thanksgiving

Got an amazing quality European Blue Jay skin dyed olive from Laurie on this forum. Decided to tie some spiders as the chest feathers make an amazing soft hackle. Colors are pumpkin and fall for the season .

Thread: Pearsall's Orange silk
Rib: when returning the thread, shade lightly on one side only with brown cobbler's wax to create light dark effect
Thorax: Red UV ice dub
Hackle: jay chest feather

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Old 11-22-2012, 07:41 PM
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Default Re: Jay&Orange spider for Thanksgiving

Bread and butter fly right there! I love softhackles however simple or dressed up. Definitely one of the first out of the box!
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:06 PM
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Default Re: Jay&Orange spider for Thanksgiving

Sweet looking pattern! I don't fish softhackles much, but need to change that next session.

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Default Re: Jay&Orange spider for Thanksgiving

Soft hackles: one of my favorite categories of wet flies. Nice tie there, la_jolla.

The black cobblers wax regime also works very well on Greenwell's Glory (butcher's wax on Pearsall's primrose silk) and on Stewart's Black Spider (butcher's wax on Pearsall's brown silk).

By the way, if you like soft hackles, then try Stewart's Black Spider; very buggy looking with the palmered twisted hackle, and almost alway a success when the fish are not taking top water flies.

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Default Re: Jay&Orange spider for Thanksgiving

Thanks Pocono - I have to try that - it is a fly I haven't come across - do you have the recipe or a reference for the Stewart's?
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Default Re: Jay&Orange spider for Thanksgiving

Here you go, la_jolla1; a pic SBS on the tie. Note the change from the brown tying thread to the butcher's waxed tying thread. I used Danville's FlyMaster 6/0 brown thread on this; instead of Pearsall's silk; it makes for a thinner body, which I like on this pattern.

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Here's the important step: twisting the hackle before you palmer it:

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And there you go; Stewart's Black Spider.

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Here are the materials that you'll need to tie up this pattern:

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In my experience, this pattern works very well on trout.

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Hi Pocono:

Many, many thanks for that!!! Looks like an excellent fly and I will twist up a few.

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Default Re: Jay&Orange spider for Thanksgiving

Pocono,

I keep hearing about Butcher's Wax and every time I search for it all I find is some furniture wax.

Where to you find the black hard wax?
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Default Re: Jay&Orange spider for Thanksgiving

Well, the wax itself is relatively inexpensive, but the information on how to source it is .................. well, exhorbitant.......................

Just kiddin' around. Here's a good source:

Feathersmc.com: Cobblers Wax

This is John Mclain's site: FeathersMC; a great place to source good materials.

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