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Partrige and Olive – A “North Country Spider” The Spider patterns are old traditional English flies from the country around the river Wharfedale. They are seen as imitations of nymphs, emergers or still borns. I use Pearsalls Gosamer Silk, since it is both the thread that gives the nicest fly, and the original material for this pattern. Yellow silk will become olive when waxed. If you prefer to use standard synthetic tying thread, use a light olive thick thread like 6/0. Hook: Wet fly size 16 Thread: Yellow silk (waxed) or olive 6/0 round thread Hackle: Partridge 1. Yellow silk, will become olive when waxed. The thread that lays from lower left till upper right is waxed. 2. Fasten the thread with 3 turns 3. Select an appropriate hackle, 12-15 fibers needed. 4. Tie in the hackle as shown with three turns (all turns are side by side) 5. Cut the end of the thread and the tip of the feather 6. Turn the thread in close turns til just above the hook point. (count the total number of turns 7. Turn the thread back again, same number of turns, leaving you three turns from the hackle. 8. Turn the hackle towards the rear, lock it with two turns of thead and pass through the hackle. Du a three turns whip finish. Fly is done, please note the sparse hackle