The soft-hackle, there are probably more patterns tied using this style than any other type of fly, with the exception of the nymph. And in this group of soft-hackle flies is the North Country Fly. Many North Country flies are also referred to as "spiders", and I really don't know the difference between them. One thing I do know is their simplicity and their fish taking capabilities. The fly featured here is the Partridge and Orange, with two variations. The material list is but two items...Pearsall's Silk thread and partridge hackle. The variations have peacock and golden badger hackle.
The Partridge and Orange...the original pattern. Two materials.
The Partridge and Orange with Peacock....this pattern I tie with a peacock thorax. This fly accounts for a great deal of trout.
The Golden Badger and Orange....this pattern uses a golden badger feather for the hackle...the natural badger barring gives the fly a blended thorax.
Connecticut's first snowfall...beautiful.
I've always been intrigued with those spiders. I've no doubt that they would catch fish anywhere. No snow here yet except in the mountains. 80 degrees today and tomorrow so it might be time to get out for a bit.ReplyDelete
Howard I love these flies...such a joy to tie.
This snow didn't last but it looked good when it was falling.
Beautiful soft hackles, Alan. As you know I love those flies too, and you're right, they surely do produce. A good day for tying today with the needed snow and rain coming down. Regards, SamReplyDelete
Sam produce they do...yesterday I had 8 hookups on the partridge and orange. This snow/rain will help us in the northeast.
Glad to hear you had the great day. This is much needed with what we are getting tonight. Hopefully the precipitation pattern is changing in our favor.ReplyDelete
I think we are now in for some typical fall precipitation...fingers crossed buddy.Delete
Oh... nice and sparse. Love the soft hackles. Proven killers.ReplyDelete
Enjoy the blog, too. Great photographs!
Yes sir, I believe it's the sparseness of the fly that gives it that lifelike motion that fish can't resist.
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Alan - very nice ties! Getting to be time to start putting the grouse and flash back into the box! Nice to see the rivers coming up a bit after the rain/snow yesterdayReplyDelete
Mark I tie a pattern using a holographic thread for the body with starling or partridge. That extra flash sometimes wakes them up.
We had a nice rainfall yesterday, should help.
Beautiful ties and flies! Simple yet effective!ReplyDelete
Pete your one who knows something about soft-hackles.
I believe the 'North Country' referenced in the name is to the North Country region of England i.e. the Yorkshire Dales etc and the flies popularized there, one of which is the Spider.ReplyDelete
George thanks for that information. Sometimes the internet can be confusing.
Coming from the home of north country spiders and being a big fan of tying & using them I have to say Alan you have done a cracking job of yours. Regards GeorgeReplyDelete
OK George we now have an angler/tyer with home field advantage.
Alan, any help you need just give me a shout, I live smack bang in the centre of North Country Spiders territory, The North Yorkshire Dales. I have had a fascination of spider fishing & tying since a very early age and fish them as often as I can. If you can get them two books I would highly recommend would be: The North Country Fly by Robert Smith & A guide to north country flies & how to tie them by Mike Harding.Delete
George I'll keep that in mind. I have Roger Smiths book and I think it's great. I love the history of these simple flies.Delete
The Yorkshire Dales are beautiful. I live in the US, but my father is English and I have been to the North Country many times. Great to see such a diverse group of anglers on this blog.Delete
I love that diversity....all comments are really appreciated.Delete
Alan, always love to see your spiders,really like the one with the peacock. I wil be spending this winter reorganizing my wet fly box,haven'tdoneit for a few yrs. your posts are getting me motivated to do it. Not sure I'm glad to see snow are you still using the Allen hook for your soft hackles? Thanks for the post..ReplyDelete
Brad I have fished both variations of the P&O, and the added peacock has worked better. The snow is now a memory, perhaps a little more for Thanksgiving and hunting. I really like those Allen hooks.
I'm a fan of the North Country Spiders. What worked 150 years ago in the streams in Yorkshire, England, certainly works today, most likely anywhere. I sometimes fish a Partridge and Orange as a point fly and a Snipe and Purple on a short dropper. I had a great evenings fishing a few years ago when the trout at a small stocked lake were taking termites. The fish were savagely taking the Snipe and Purple, so it must have looked like a convincing termite.ReplyDelete
I might have a go at fishing just the North Country spiders this season just to see how the fish like them.
Steve they still do the job as they were crafted to do a long tie ago. I really like the simplicity of their construction. I'm going to tie a few of those snipe and purple as soon as my purple silk arrives.
Fishing only spiders for a season, now there's an idea.