Hook: Partridge Roman Moser Barbless nymph #14.
Thread: Tan (Here I have used orange for visibility).
Bead: Silver, gold, or copper bead 1/8".
Body: Rabbit fur dyed golden olive.
Back & Tail: Two Goose Biots (Tan).
Thorax: Any spiky dubbing here I have used hairs ear
with black holographic Enhancer.
1. To secure the bead start the thread (I've used orange
for clarity) and lay down a bed of tying thread which
is flat and even, equal in length to the diameter of
the bead you are going to use.
2. Take a length of floss and fold it over once or twice.
If you like use several thicknesses of tying thread or
feather fibre like pheasant tail. Tie this in on top
of the bed of tying thread with the majority of the
material facing forward over the eye.
3. Trim out the rear facing portion of the material and
whip finish, trim out the thread. You must do this
carefully so as to create an even bed for the bead.
4. Slide the bead onto the prepared base.
5. Re-start the thread behind the bead.
6. Bring the material from in front of the bead over the
bead and tie it down behind the bead.
7. Trim out the excess of this material. Make this
tapered so that you will not get a step when you tie
8. Take the thread down to the bend of the hook tying in
the bead cover material as you go. Catch in the
9. Dub a nicely tapered body in a colour to match the
natural. Leave a good clear section of shank clear
behind the bead.
10. Tie in two biots, colour to match the naturals'
ventral side. Tie them down side by side on the pop of
the hook shank.
11. Hold the biots down at the bend of the fly and secure
in place using the ribbing wire. Tie off the ribbing
wire at the end of the dubbed body. (If you wish to
add legs in the form of a hackle now
is the time to do it.)
12. Trim out the butt ends of the biots. Whip finish
in front of the body.
13. Make several if you are unsure of their security.
14. Make another dubbing noodle with enough dubbing to
fill the space between the end of the body and the
15. Now form one more whip finish using this dubbed length
16. Make sure the open area is filled and trim out the
I fish the rivers of northern England for Brown trout,
Sea trout and Salmon. With Wild brown trout fishing
forming over 95% of my fishing. The local patterns on
these rivers are the now famous North Country Spiders.
I love to tie and fish these flies.