Published Nov 15. 2022 - 10 months ago
Updated or edited Nov 15. 2022

Waterhen Bloa

This is my tying of the Waterhen Bloa. This is one of the most famous Spider patterns. North Country Spider - Yorkshire Spider - Soft Hackle wet.

Hook - Partridge barbless dry fly hook size 14. You can vary the hook gauge for different parts of the water column
Thread - Primrose yellow - here I use Kimono silk color number 301
Body - sparsely dubbed with water rat or European water vole. This material is no longer sold. I substituted Pine Squirrel raked off a skin to include both underfur and guard hairs.
Hackle - undercovert feather from a waterhen wing. Waterhen is available but difficult to get. A smoky gray is the color so a hen feather in that color is a sub. If you have drake mallard wings I like the overcovert as a sub.

Adam Rieger

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