reverse spider?

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  1. cuponoodle breakfast

    cuponoodle breakfast Bigfoot is blurry

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    Can someone describe a reverse spider please? Or post a pic or a link to a pic? I hear a lot of people mention them for searuns but I haven't found one in any of my books or on any websites. My typical searun pattern is a standard Knudsen's spider, or a close variation.
     
  2. Rob Blomquist

    Rob Blomquist Formerly Tight Loops

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    Easy. Basically a Knudson's but after tying in the tail, and the chenille, wind forward, and tie the hackle in facing forward, or if you want, face clumps of fibers forward. Then wind the chenille forward, and tie off.

    There is also a version of this where the chenille is started from the front of the fly, and the fly is finished in the hook gap.

    I wish I had a link for you. If you want I can send you one or draw a picture over a cuppa joe, or pick me up for a day of SRC fishing, and I will provide the reverse Knudson's.

    Rob
     
  3. cuponoodle breakfast

    cuponoodle breakfast Bigfoot is blurry

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    Thanks for the reply. I have tried the other version you mentioned, finishing the fly on the gap. It worked ok, but I prefer the standard tied with a maribou tail. I hear more people mention the reverse spider than the standard so I might try it.
    I found a few cutts in the river about a week and a half ago, but in the last few days they seem to have disappeard.
     
  4. troutman101

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    I might be acting a little picky here but when I showed Mike Kinney my version he just about died laughing. There are 2 things to remember on this pattern:

    1. Use a 200R hook sizes 6 and 4

    2. Only wrap chenille 2/3 of the body in a carrot shape. Mike had a emphasis on having plenty of hook left to penetrate the S.R.C's mouth.

    If you want to duplicate the original pattern you would also use a sparse tail curving upwards and finish by hand whip finishing at the butt not at the eye. Check out "Hooked on Flyfishing" video series featuring Mike Kinney.

    I hope my 2 cents helps.

    :pROFESSOR
     
  5. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I might be old---but I'm good.

    I picked some up last year,but didn't use them much. I got mine at Hook,Line And Sinker. Now East of Smoky Point. Paid $1.25 for them.

    Jim S.
     
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    The old timers chuckle about this fly. It was originally called "The Foo" until Mike invented it. :HAPPY
     
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    What oldtimers?
     
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    People don't invent flies, they change an already existing pattern. Mike knows this and so do you.
     
  9. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I might be old---but I'm good.

    I've only seen this pattern used once and that was on TV. Les Johnson was fishing for sea runs in the lower Stilly. He was knocking em dead. But it was TV. You have to hunt all day for them to show on TV.

    Jim
     
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    Mike Kinney and Les Johnson used to work together at the Swallows Nest back in the day. Now Les is at Harry's..err..I mean Patricks and Mike is at Geek...I mean Creekside in Issaquah. If you go to Creekside, they will let you rent the vid. Mike is rowing down the Stilly and Les and somebody else is casting repeatedly to the rip rap for SRCutt's.

    This is prime local broadcasting of two great fishermen.

    "Mike forgets more fishing stuff in a day than most people can remember in a lifetime" -Pete @crkside
     
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    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Yeah,that was the one,it was a few years ago and I couldn't remember the rowers name. Thanks for the info.

    Jim S.

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    I ran into Les Johnson three times on the Stilly last year. He gave me two of his reverse spiders and I kept them as reference because that is the one fly he said works the best. He had a whole box of them so it is definitely not a fluke that he is always fishing with them. I actually took some to Alaska with me and when the fish seemed to be picky I tried one up there. I actually hooked a monster King on one. The guys in my group asked what I was fishing with and when I showed them a reverse spider they all look at it and said “I don’t have anything even close to that!” I tie them with orange Amherst and black and white Amherst and then use either Black, Blue or yellow Chenille on the body.
     
  13. twodogs

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    Does anyone have an actual photograph of this one or where one might be found? I've tied-up various flies based on verbal and written descriptions but would like to see if there is a "standard" pattern. thanks.

    Twodogs.
     
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    I don't know if there is a picture for that one. But you can get them at Hook,Line,and Sinker. Just East of Smoky Point. South East corner of Sr 531 and 51st Ave NE.

    Jim
     
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    If you can find a copy of Flies of The Northwest it is pictured in it.

    K