Flies for Rivers - Skating Spider


If I had to be limited to one dry fly it would be the spider, without any doubt.  It is effective whether the water is high or low, colored or clear; and best of all, it brings up the large fish. — John Atherton

Very stiff hackles...stand up on surface film and when twitched skate the Spider over the water in a manner that...infuriates trout. Especially large trout are inclined to strike furiously at Spiders. — Maxine Atherton

Forgotten innovation of a century past, skaters spark attention and provoke aggressive strikes from otherwise aloof fish. Fished playfully, but deadly effective on landlocks, searuns, and adfluvial trout in summer, prespawn and cranefly times. 

Sizes 8-12 for large trout, steelhead, and grilse; 14 and 16 for small trout.  By sourcing scarce reserves of very stiff large hackle, we are able to offer Spiders that properly skate atop the water.  Watershed™ treated for permanent flotation.

Check out the entire selection of flies available from Buck Ryan of Flies for Rivers here.

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