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Fly Tying the Hi-Vis Foam Spider
The Spider's Attributes
This is a common pattern fly that many people have described and tied. Perhaps the only thing that sets this particular fly apart from other foam spiders is that it has a peacock herl wrapped around three-quarters the hook shank. The purpose of the herl is two fold. First, it gives the bottom of the fly some sparkle and luster. I try to picture what a fly looks like from a fish's perspective. Having a bare hook does not seem too appealing. Second, the herl gives the foam something to grip and helps prevent the foam from twisting.
The orange indicator foam helps the fly fisher see the fly. Orange is a must. I used to have a job that required following a trail of survey's tape in low light conditions. We tried several colors and found blaze orange the easiest to see. I transferred the orange color for the hi-vis part of the fly.
The accompanying video gives fair detail on how to tie the fly.
Fishing The Fly
This fly seems to perform best in moving water. Fishing it as a dead drift produces the best results. While it will catch fish in still water, it is not much for making motion when retrieved. At least with bluegills, I have found surface flies that make more of a disturbance are more successful.