Tutorial courtesy of Simon Young - Fish&Fly 01/09/2009 14:27:00

This multipurpose fly was made popular just after the 2nd world war by Tom Ivens. Despite its age it’s still as relevant today as it was back then.
Fish it deep and slow as a bottom grubbing nymph or just under the surface on a floating line as a snail or terrestrial beetle pattern.

The Black & Peacock Spider

Materials needed
Tying thread
Wet fly hooks 10-12
Fine gold wire
Peacock herl
Black Hen or soft Cock hackle

Step 1.

Start the tying thread on the hook shank just behind the eye stopping at a point just above the hook point. Return the thread to just behind the eye and trap in a piece of fine gold wire, then tie it down along the shank.

Step 2.

Tie in 3-4 strands of peacock herl by their tips and remove any stray bits over the hook eye. Tie these down along the hook shank returning the thread to just behind the eye.

Step 3.

Wind the bunch of peacock herl up the shank towards the eye and tie in, trim away the waste ends.
Tip; Remember to leave enough room to tie in a hackle.

Step 4.

Wind the ribbing wire up the shank in open turns and tie in firmly.
Tip; Don’t use your best scissors to trim away the waste wire, either use an old pair or bend the wire to and fro to snap it off at the tie in point.

Step 5.

Tie in a black hen or softish cock hackle behind the eye and trim away the waste stalk.

Step 6.

Grip the tip of the hackle feather with your hackle pliers and wind the hackle away from you 2-3 turns. Tie the hackle down firmly before trimming away the waste tip and finish the fly with a whip finish and apply a small amount of varnish to the head with a dubbing needle.

The Black & Peacock Spider