I tied a few more large dark olive imitations this afternoon, in readiness for my forthcoming sessions on the river. I concentrated on cdc duns mainly, although when it started raining heavily outside I was reminded that when the season opens, the chances of the river being low with surface feeding trout everywhere are probably quite slim. My thoughts turned to spiders - waterhen bloas, yellow snipes, and this fly of my own creation which I just call the dark olive spider. I tied up half a dozen and feel much better for it....not long now!
Dark Olive Spider
Hook: Mustad R50 #14
Thread: Pearsalls silk, yellow treated with Bill Bailey's cobblers wax
Hackle 1: leggy cdc tied in at the tip
Hackle 2: two turns of olive grizzle hen
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