Fly Of The Week

Previous Flies
Fly Tying Terms

Red-Butt Hard-Hackle Spider
By Richard Komar

Some of you are already familiar with another of my Flies-of-the-Week here on FAOL, the Hard-Hackle Spider, the all-hackle alternative to the all-foam rubber spider.

This is the improved, more effective and more durable version: the Red-Butt Hard-Hackle Spider!

It still retains its hackle body heritage, but gains 8 rubber legs like a real arachnid and a red butt. There is something to say about flies with red in the pattern and wiggly legs when it comes to effectiveness!

If you already have a good supply of original Hard-Hackle Spiders, they can easily be "retro-fitted" to become Red-Butts! Simply remove the hackle legs, attach rubber legs and wrap some red floss on the hook bend!

Materials for Red-Butt Hard-Hackle Spider:

    Hook: Mustad 94833, Sizes 10-14.

    Thread: 6/0 or 8/0, Black.

    Hackle: Rooster Cape Feather, Black.

    Butt: Floss, Red.

    Legs: Round Rubber, Small, Black.

Instructions - Red-Butt Hard-Hackle Spider:

Step 1

1. Start wrapping the red floss on the hook shank right above the hook point. Wrap a "smooth" red insect butt, covering about one-third of the bend. Whip finish and tie off.

Step 2

2. Wrap a black thread base from the hook eye to the red floss.

Step 3

3. Select a rooster cape feather with hackle extending a bit past the hook gape, and tie it in dry-fly style, concave side toward the hook eye. Wrap the feather about one-third up the shank. Tie off and advance the thread a tad, forming a thin thorax.

Step 4

4. Tie in another rooster cape feather, and wrap toward the hook eye, whip finish and tie off the head.

Step 5

5. Tie in the thread at the thorax and attach a pair of small round rubber legs (unsplit) on either side of the hook shank. The legs may not look pretty at this point, but you will make them look "spidey-like" in the next step.

Step 6

6. Split the leg pairs, gently pulling and tugging to get them in a splayed fashion on each side. Afterall, a spider does have 8 legs! Cut the legs to your desired length. Apply head cement to the red butt, thorax and leg junction and head. You're done!

Step 6

How to Fish the Red-Butt Hard-Hackle Spider:

Size 10 and 14 lightweight dry fly hooks work the best for the Red-Butt. Black is most effective, but you can also try brown, gray and even yellow!

The Red-Butt Hard-Hackle Spider is a dual-purpose fly. It starts off as a floater like a real spider falling on the water's surface. It is fished at this point like a dry fly, just drifting along. When the hackle becomes waterlogged, the Red-Butt will start to sink like a dying spider, with its rubber legs undulating as it descends through the water column. Now it is fished like an unweighted nymph.

For twice the action, fish a Red-Butt on the surface and another one of my Flies-of-the-Week, the Black Widow, as a dropper fly. When the Red-Butt goes subsurface, you now have a lethal tandem setup (where legal, of course)!

The Red-Butt Hard-Hackle Spider is a terrific terrestrial for bass, panfish and trout! ~ Richard

About Richard:

Richard Komar

Richard Komar lives in Plano, Texas and is a member of the Dallas FlyFishers and The American Fish & Game Club.

For more great flies, check out: Beginning Fly Tying, Intermediate Fly Tying and Advanced Fly Tying.

[ HOME ]

[ Search ] [ Contact FAOL ] [ Media Kit ] © Notice