Published Mar 3. 2021 - 1 year ago
Updated or edited Apr 7. 2021

Red Tag Spider

Articles w/pattern

Martin Joergensen (sort of)
Pattern type: 
Wet fly
  1. Start the red thread a couple of eye widths behind the hook eye.
  2. Wrap the thread in touching turns to just in front of the bend of the hook and back. Repeat.
  3. Whip finish and cut the red thread.
  4. Start the black thread right in front of the red.
  5. Tie in the herl and wrap to form a small thorax, just leaving space for the hackle.
  6. Pick a hackle with barbs about 1.5 times the shank length.
  7. Remove the fluffy barbs.
  8. Hold the hackle by the stem curved side up, tip pointing away from you.
  9. Remove all barbs on the right side of the hackle.
  10. Tie it in by the stem right in front of the thorax pointing away from you, the remaining barbs pointing to the rear of the fly.
  11. Wrap it a couple of times to form a very delicate and sparse “umbrella-like” hackle. Less is more.
  12. Tie down and trim the tip off.
  13. Whip finish and cut thread.
  14. Varnish very sparsely on the final wraps.
Wet fly down eye size 10-14
UNI 8/0 tying thread, red
Semplerfli Nanosilk, black
A couple of peacock herl
Light brown hen hackle
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