Is this cheating?

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by SilverFly, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. SilverFly

    SilverFly Active Member

    Ive been experimenting with "reversed spiders" tied with mylar legs to combine movement with a bit of flash and had some success this summer. A comment about spinners on another board had me thinking why screw around with the frilly stuff and put some "real" flash into a reversed spider pattern. The problem was I didn't have any standard fly materials that really had comparable flash to a spinner or spoon. That changed Christmas morning when some very durable mylar ribbon came off one of the presents. An ugly first attempt, but I'm curious to see how those legs behave when the current is bending them back.

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  2. FinLuver

    FinLuver Active Member

    I read where...too much "flash" could possibly turn fish off.


    I'd be curious how it fishes and if you get a tug though.
  3. kelvin

    kelvin Active Member

    left over christmas wrapping?
  4. SilverFly

    SilverFly Active Member

    Sadly, yes.
  5. Tacoma Red

    Tacoma Red Active Member

    Did you get much leader warping around the tinsel?
  6. Tacoma Red

    Tacoma Red Active Member

    Wraping not warping
  7. Kaiserman

    Kaiserman content

    All joking aside... I bet that thing would piss off a big brown in the spawn.
  8. Derek Young

    Derek Young 2011 Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide Of The Year

    I'd fish that.
  9. SilverFly

    SilverFly Active Member

    I dunno, haven't fished it yet. I'm guessing it won't be a problem but wouldnt be the first time I was wrong. I'm more curious to see how the mylar strips behave in the current. I'm hoping the material is stiff enough to resist drag at normal swinging speeds so the strips "flutter" and don't just fold flat against the body of the fly.

    And yes, "pissing off" would be the primary objective with this pattern.
  10. Norm Frechette

    Norm Frechette Googlemeister

    What is it?:eek:
  11. SilverFly

    SilverFly Active Member

    Hopefully a means of offending steelhead in the same way blue fox spinners do.
  12. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

    Not cheating.....
    Here is a similar pattern I tied many years ago for the salt when I first heard about Kinney's Reverse Spider.
    I used holographic tinsel in place of the mallard. The body is gray dubbing with silver wire. It is ugly as sin but I caught resident coho and searun cutts using it.

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