Published Jul 1. 2010 - 6 years ago

Double K Reverse Spider

A fly which is not quite like the average saltwater fly, but amazingly efficient. And you get the slightly similar Tsunami Warning as an added bonus.

Double K Reversed - As you can see the hackles point forward on the fly, which gives it some fantastic movement in the water.
Double K Reversed
Kelvin Kleinman

This is another pattern that I developed, which I have had amazing success with. I call it the Double K Reverse Spider

This is a pattern originally developed for fishing the Stillaguamish River for Sea Run Cutthroat trout by Al Knudsen in the 1920's and then altered by guide Mike Kinney in the 1970's the materials are the same but the way they are tied in are reversed. These flies are known as the Knudsen Spider and the Reverse Spider.

The traditional Knudsen has chenille tied in as the body with a mallard flank palmered in a way that it the flank folds back over the body and, in fact, almost completely masks it.
The hackle is tied in first, immediately behind the hook's eye, by the tip, with the stem curving down and forward of the hook eye. It is wound back along the hook shank, one turn immediately behind the last it helps to shape the feather fibers forward to form a tight cone with the tips pointing out over the eye.
So the fly is tied from the eye to the bend where it is tied off.
The cone that is formed by the feather fibers has an amazing amount of movement and life like appearance when stripped.
The slightest current or movement of the fly causes the coned shape flank to pulse in the water.

Reversed - The Knudsen Spider (top) and the Reverse Spider
The old and the new - The Knudsen spider is from the 20's, the Reverse Spider from the 70's and The Double K Reversed Spider is from the future!
The evolution
Kelvin Kleinman

The reverse spider has been a "go to fly" for sea-run cutthroat anglers in Washington and Oregon in both salt and fresh water for these anadromous fish.
While working on a shrimp imitation pattern I developed a double Reverse Spider which includes a second Mallard flank or Guinea Fowl feather half way down the shank of the hook.

Beauty of the salt - The sea runs are beautiful fish
Spidered - This sea run cutthroat fell for the Reverse Spider
Tsunami Warning - A slight variation of the reverse style
The Reversed way
Kelvin Kleinman

I also replaced the chenille with dubbing so I could better control the taper of the fly and have a wider range of colors to the fly. I also tie a version with a hackle palmered toward the rear of the hook I call this version the Tsunami Warning based on the wake fish leave chasing this fly. Surprisingly I found the added mallard flank gave the fly more buoyancy and found when stripped quickly the fly will leave a wake from the water it displaces as it moves through the subsurface.

Watching large fish torpedo toward it as it moves along just under the surface prior to the strike can be as much fun as the fight once they are on.

I have often caught fish after fish on this fly while others fishing the same beach go without so mush as a hit.

While this was initially intended to be a salt water beach fly the amount of lifelike movement in it has hooked steelhead in rivers and small- and largemouth bass in lakes.

Keep it in the family - The two reversed patterns: the Double K Reversed Spider and below the Tsunami Warning
Family
Kelvin Kleinman
The Double K Reverse Spider
Pattern type: 
Cold saltwater fly
Originator: 
Kelvin Kleinman
Materials: 
Hook
Saltwater hook of your choice - size 4-2
Tying thread
Orange
First hackle
Mallard flank
Dubbing
Bright orange
Second hackle
Orange Guinea fowl
Last dubbing
Bright orange
"head"
Tyring thread
Difficulty: 
Easy
Kelvin Kleinman
Step 25 - job done! - The finished fly, ready to catch some fish
Step 25 - job done!
Kelvin Kleinman
Reversed and palmered - The Tsunami Warning
Reversed and palmered
Kelvin Kleinman
Tsunami Warning
Pattern type: 
Cold saltwater fly
Originator: 
Kelvin Kleiman
Materials: 
Hook
Saltwater hook of your choice - size 4-2
Thread
Orange
First hackle
Mallard flank
Second, palmered hackle
Furnace
Body
Bright orange dubbing
"head"
Tying thread with varnish
Difficulty: 
Easy
Kelvin Kleinman
Kelvin Kleinman
Step 11 - done - The Tsunami Warning in all its might
Tsunami Warning
Kelvin Kleinman
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Comments

Sweet fly, been catching plenty on the Sol Duc. Angry takes.

I love these flies! I'm tying a few larger sizes and incorporating glass beads for the body and I'm going to use them for steelhead. Great instructions on this site.

Wow!!! I saw a fella fishing a reverse spider on the water a while ago, and have been tying it as best I can (from memory) for maybe two or three years now..... It's an awesome cut throat fly, and now I have some great variation ideas!!! Thanks so much! I love this fly!!!!!!!!

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