Guess the material used for the spider bellow – Tying Riddle

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Hi guys,

Here is a new riddle for you: you have to guess what is used for body. Common, Is not difficult:)

This superb fly was generated long years ago in North Transylvania by a local teacher who is a fantastic fisherman and tier. The fly is tied simple as possible like all our local flies. The tying simplicity is clear a simple and easy to reproduce body and red hackle from local roosters.

Here is an interesting approach in tying: hackle is tied in the collar way so that the fly can be used as dry or wet depending of the moments.

The fly floats well on medium flowing currents but in strong currents a super small quantity of natural pork grease or duck grease is used.

Bellow I present a version made with Partridge hackle and is tied as spider. I love this model which is fantastic for grayling fishing. The body is fragile I use a yellow ribbing to make it more durable

The yellow ribbed version:

  • Arthur Bouyer
    April 15, 2020

    It’s mallard quill i think.

    • Lucian Vasies
      April 15, 2020

      no 🙂 try again. A hint : super simple and often used material!

    • Robert Dear
      April 15, 2020

      I believe it to be peacock herl.

  • Bruno PACE
    April 15, 2020

    Ostrich for sure

  • GAUDIN Alban
    April 15, 2020


    I think it is an ostrich herl.

  • Robert Dear
    April 15, 2020

    I believe it is peacock quill.

  • Fredrik
    April 15, 2020

    Turkey quill, same as Muddler wing?

  • Dan Sofron
    April 15, 2020

    It’s Wild Turkey Feathers.

  • Bert Brehm
    April 15, 2020

    Dan has it correct. The white tips clinch the deal,

    • Lucian Vasies
      April 17, 2020

      yes, it is used the tip barbs from feathers located in tail. These feathers are from domestic turkey but wild turkey have them too ( in Transylvania we do not have wild turkey )
      cheers and congrats to Fredrik and Dan 🙂

  • Esa Saastamoinen
    April 17, 2020


  • Damien
    May 30, 2020

    How many herls do you use for a standard body ?

    • Lucian Vasies
      June 4, 2020

      Hi Damien, 2 or 3 barbs maximum. I prefer to keep the body as clean as possible. But this is me, I know guys who fish with very bulky flies and they are successful 🙂

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