My attempt at Stewarts Black Spider

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Re: My attempt at Stewarts Black Spider

Post by Fishnkilts » Sun Jan 26, 2020 3:41 pm

Thanks friends for your comments! You all sure know how to humble a person.

I don't tie many flies, about fifteen I'd say, and that's including dries and nymphs. But now being a member here, I have seen some flies tied by some of you that I am really intrigued on learning how to tie, so maybe I'll get more flies under my wing.
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Re: My attempt at Stewarts Black Spider

Post by Ron Eagle Elk » Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:44 pm

Fishnkilts wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2020 3:41 pm
Thanks friends for your comments! You all sure know how to humble a person.

I don't tie many flies, about fifteen I'd say, and that's including dries and nymphs. But now being a member here, I have seen some flies tied by some of you that I am really intrigued on learning how to tie, so maybe I'll get more flies under my wing.
There's an old saying that you should never mess with a man that only owns one gun. Chances are he knows how to use it. Same could be said for a guy who only ties 15 flies. Bet he knows how to catch fish with them.
"A man may smile and bid you hale yet curse you to the devil, but when a good dog wags his tail he is always on the level"
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Re: My attempt at Stewarts Black Spider

Post by Roadkill » Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:04 pm

Ron Eagle Elk wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:44 pm
[There's an old saying that you should never mess with a man that only owns one gun. Chances are he knows how to use it.
Ron.
Does the same saying apply to fly rods?? ;) :lol:
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Re: My attempt at Stewarts Black Spider

Post by hankaye » Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:36 pm

Roadkill, Howdy;
Roadkill wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:04 pm
There's an old saying that you should never mess with a man that only owns one gun. Chances are he knows how to use it. Same could be said

Ron.
Does the same saying apply to fly rods?? ;) :lol:
Most likely ;) :roll: :lol:

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Re: My attempt at Stewarts Black Spider

Post by Bazzer69 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:32 pm

A excellent fly. Davie McPhail has a YouTube video where he shows how to tie this fly. He twists the feather and tying thread together to make a much stronger fly.

Barry

YouTube Video - Davy McPhail tying Stewart's Spider
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But not much good at either
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Re: My attempt at Stewarts Black Spider

Post by redietz » Tue Jan 28, 2020 7:09 am

Bazzer69 wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:32 pm
A excellent fly. Davie McPhail has a YouTube video where he shows how to tie this fly. He twists the feather and tying thread together to make a much stronger fly.
That's how Stewart tied it.

I view a "Stewart spider" as being defined by a feather twisted around the thread and semi-palmered. Anything else isn't.

Also, there was a comment above about Stewart swinging spider. Stewart is mostly known today, outside of a few of us wet fly fanatics, as the first person to strongly advocate (in print) for fishing dead drift upstream, paving the way for dry flies. He didn't swing flies.

Of course, swinging his spiders works just fine too.
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Re: My attempt at Stewarts Black Spider

Post by Fishnkilts » Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:14 am

Bazzer69 wrote:
Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:32 pm
A excellent fly. Davie McPhail has a YouTube video where he shows how to tie this fly. He twists the feather and tying thread together to make a much stronger fly.

Barry

YouTube Video - Davy McPhail tying Stewart's Spider
It's Davie's method that I followed. I have learned to tie most of my flies watching his videos.
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Re: My attempt at Stewarts Black Spider

Post by Theroe » Thu Jan 30, 2020 6:44 am

Fishnkilts wrote:
Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:00 am
I don't consider myself an expert tyer at all, but the fish do seem to show me mercy.

Thread: Pearsalls silk, brown
Hook: Partridge L3AS
Hackle: Starling

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fishnkilts - that is a very accurate depiction of the original pattern, as described and tied by Stewart. This is also one of my favorite patterns..... its "mustard" according to Ollie Edwards in his video. For those of you who have not seen it, should.
One point: the more scraggly this pattern gets the better it fishes.
Well done!

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Re: My attempt at Stewarts Black Spider

Post by hankaye » Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:40 am

Howdy All;

Don't know about y'all but this is my favorite video of tying "The Spider".
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwJaD-zuK0Q

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Re: My attempt at Stewarts Black Spider

Post by Variant » Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:16 am

Hank,
I will second second that! 😀

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