The Endrick Spider Variation
Hook: Size 12 down eye wet fly hook
Thread: Pearsall’s Gossamer light orange (6A) waxed.
Rib and body: Copper wire
Tail and body: Natural pheasant tail.
Hackle: Grey partridge body feather.
From a Guide to River Trout Flies by John Roberts
The copper wire underbody could be applied either separately or together with the Pearsall’s silk thread touching turns – Frank opted for the latter. The loose end of the body wire was left long and used to form the rib. Tail comprised 3 to 4 pheasant tail barbules adjusted to give a length ca. half the body. The body comprised touching turns of 4 to 6 pheasant tail barbules with a copper wire rib (5 turns) that was either wound in the same direction as the body fibres (for less visibility) or counter wound (for greater visibility) at the choice of the tier. The grey partridge feather was tied in at the tip and the whole feather used, to give a full spider hackle. After forming a small head with thread wraps the fly was finished off.
The Yellow Sally Nymph
Hook: Size 10 Long shank wet fly hookThread: Light brown 8/0 thread.Tail: Two light buff coloured goose biots.Body: Light buff rabbit fur dubbing.
Rib: Yellow Glo-Brite floss No. 9.
Thorax cover: Light mottled turkey quill slip.
Legs: Light ginger hen hackle
From the Fly Fishers Handbook, by Malcolm Greenhalgh and Denys Ovenden
The thread was started at the hook eye and a layer (touching turns) taken to a point opposite the barb of the hook. The two goose biots tails tied in either side of the hook to give ca. 45° angle and a tail length equivalent to that of the body. The fly’s dimensions were such that the thorax was half the length of the body (1/3 of the hook shank). The rib material was tied above the tail and the body constructed to give a carrot shaped profile with dubbing and ribbed with 5-turns of the floss. The turkey slip thorax cover and the hen hackle, tied in by their tips, were positioned immediately above the body; the thorax, like the body, was then constructed with dubbing. The hackle feather was palmered to about 1 mm from the hook eye and the thorax cover folded over – these were secured simultaneously with thread wraps. After trimming the feathers a small head was made and the fly finished off.
The Olive Bumble
Hook: Size 10 Captain Hamilton hook
Thread: Light brown 8/0 thread.
Tail: Golden pheasant crest feather.
Rib: Small oval gold tinsel.
Body: Golden bumble olive seals fur dubbing (Frankie McPhillips).
Palmered Hackle: Golden olive and natural red game cock feathers.
False Hackle: Blue jay wing or dyed blue guinea fowl feather.
From Trout and Salmon Flies of Ireland, by Peter O’Reilly
The thread was started at the hook eye and the blue jay feather barbules tied in (forward of the eye) and rolled around the hook to form a ‘false hackle’. The tying thread was taken (touching turns) to a point opposite the hook barb and the tail tied in (the crest feather was held parallel to, and secured on top of, the hook). A small oval gold tinsel rib was tied in and the thread returned to the false hackle.
The body hackle feathers (barbule length ca. gape of the hook) tied in by the rachis (the good side towards the hook eye). The thread was returned to the tail and a dubbed body created ending at the false hackle. The body hackle was started with 2 turns around the shank and palmered the length of the body then secured by the rib (5 turns). The rib tied in with thread wraps and trimmed. The false hackle and body hackles were smooth down towards the tail of the fly and a small head created with thread wraps before finishing off.