1st Spider of the Year

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1st Spider of the Year

Post by ForumGhillie » Tue Jan 01, 2019 1:51 pm

Actually the first Partridge & Orange spider I have ever tied. Starting the new year on a new fly tying journey after reading Robert Smith's "The North Country Fly", which John Shaner had recommended on the forum.
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Partridge & Orange (Gossamer Silk Hot Orange). I need to practice.
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Two new hun partridge skins and a pair of woodcock wings arrived yesterday. I actually don't need them but I couldn't pass them up.

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Re: 1st Spider of the Year

Post by letumgo » Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:59 pm

Lovely spider (P & O) John. I like the shape of the body. Very nice.

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Re: 1st Spider of the Year

Post by ForumGhillie » Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:34 pm

letumgo wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:59 pm
Lovely spider (P & O) John. I like the shape of the body. Very nice.

Thanks for taking time to upgrade the site. ;)
Ray, I am still learning how to tie spiders correctly and keep the thread bulk down.

It takes longer to download the entire website for a backup of all files, including 350MBs of photos & PDF uploads then the actual time to do the update. But it is a good excuse to start the download and tie flies while waiting.

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Re: 1st Spider of the Year

Post by zen leecher » Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:59 pm

Where did you get the woodcock wings from?
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Re: 1st Spider of the Year

Post by ForumGhillie » Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:54 pm

zen leecher wrote:
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Where did you get the woodcock wings from?
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Re: 1st Spider of the Year

Post by NJpatbee » Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:12 pm

Tremendously effective fly and nice work! I also add a touch of hare's ear thorax which seems to work well. Sy Nemes sold me on the spiders over 40 years ago.
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Re: 1st Spider of the Year

Post by William Anderson » Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:26 pm

John, this is a great start. I started tying spiders 18 years ago now, and learned to tie them in that super sparse, short hackle, tidy way that was so popular on the internets back then. It took some time to get over that. You're fortunate to have moved right into this fuller and longer hackle more like the flies from a century ago. I imagine you'll even clean up the edges in no time. :D
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Re: 1st Spider of the Year

Post by ForumGhillie » Wed Jan 02, 2019 5:42 pm

William Anderson wrote:
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:26 pm
John, this is a great start. I started tying spiders 18 years ago now, and learned to tie them in that super sparse, short hackle, tidy way that was so popular on the internets back then. It took some time to get over that. You're fortunate to have moved right into this fuller and longer hackle more like the flies from a century ago. I imagine you'll even clean up the edges in no time. :D
William, thanks I will work on cleaning up the edges - maybe a little Photoshoping. :lol:

Going from several years of tying with Veevus 16/0 thread to Pearsall's Gossamer Silk Thread is like going from for 6x to 2x mono. :D

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Re: 1st Spider of the Year

Post by William Anderson » Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:42 pm

John, i remember starting to tie with pearsalls and feeling like I was tying with rope. Makes a good case for counting your turns and eliminating any redundancy.

I recently bought a spool of the YLI #100 silk to try. It’s about twice the diameter of pearsalls and breaks if you breathe on it. It’s not a bad result for a #14 spider, but it’s not any fun to tie with.
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Re: 1st Spider of the Year

Post by ForumGhillie » Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:43 am

Spider guys, how is this? Purple Partridge... I tied the peacock herl first, then the partridge feather and then the purple silk body and whipped finish right behind the feather. I used Bailey's wax to really help the silk grip and less wraps were needed.

Note: I wanted to try partridge dyed gray that I just received, rather than a brown partridge feather.
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