The proficient wet fly angler is not disadvantaged at finding no rising trout at the surface, he will instead use his watercraft and wisdom to fish all the spots where he knows at trout will be. Thereby gaining an advantage on the blinkered Dry Fly dogmatist.Brook and River trouting….Harfield Edmonds & Norman Lee, 1916.
North Country Spiders are the traditional wet fly patterns tied and fished in the northern counties of England and the Scottish Borders. Often simply referred to as “Soft Hackles” by American Angler’s these simple wet fly patterns are the fountain head of North Country and Yorkshire fly fishing traditions.
The Sliding Stream blog features a series of articles about the history, dressing and fishing of traditional north country wet flies on the freestone rivers running through the Yorkshire Dales and beyond.
Kick your heels back pour yourself a glass of whiskey and read a series of fly-fishing articles that share information, tips and techniques about all aspects of fly fishing with north country spiders. Read my absorbing blog articles about all things related to the tying and fishing of North Country spider patterns. Each blog post features my own philosophy and perspective of these wonderful soft hackles wet flies.
Autumn Grayling Black Magic Spider Brook and River Trouting Brown Owl Catskill Dry Flies Crimson Waterhen Dark Needle Dark Snipe & Purple Dry Fly Edmonds & Lee Fishing In Northern Streams Flytying flytying materials Gayle's Heather Fly George Morrel Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear Grayling Flies Hare's Lug & Plover Herbert Palmer Horsehair Casts Joan Wulff John Atherton March Brown Spider Nicholas Fitton North Country Spiders Pearsall's Silk Preben Torp Jacobsen Quill Gordon Reg Righyni Richard Clapham Romilly Fedden smoke fly Snipe Snipe and Purple Split Cane Rods Spring Olive Sunshine and The Dry Fly Treacle Parkin vintage flytying Waterhen Bloa Wharfedale Trout Flies William Baigent William Brumfitt Winter Brown Woodcock Hackles