Tying Video – Rubber Spider

In keeping with my desire to spend more time on the water than at the vise these days, I have another simple fly that does not take much time to tie but is very versatile.  The Rubber Spider (also called the Foam Rubber Spider) is a very simple fly to tie but it is a huge fish catcher.  This fly is so basic, for years it has been the first fly I introduced new fly tiers too.  It has all the basic skills for tying a fly, limited materials so the beginner can focus on technique, and a person can have a bunch tied in no time (even a beginner).  At one time, the foam bodies were available in a number of colors but there are few places these days that have them in anything but black.  The rubber legs can easily be found in many colors so you can change up the fly a little to suit your needs/taste.

The video for the Rubber Spider has three parts to it.  The first is demonstrating how I learned to tie the fly many years ago.  It explains the choice of hook and technique while showing each step of tying this fly.  The second part shows my modified version of the Rubber Spider.  Basically, it is the same fly but I changed a few things to make the fly faster to tie.  Lastly,  the video will show a simply technique for making the fly more visible in low light conditions.  Often this fly is fished well into the evening (and to the point of not being able to see anything on the water) and being a black fly it can get hard to see on the surface of the water.

I published a video on YouTube on tying the Rubber Spider but not a Step by Step article this time.  The fly is so basic the video covers all that is needed.  However, if I get enough interests I could do a Step by Step article in the future.  If you would rather purchase some Rubber Spiders than tie your own, or perhaps you want one in your hand while you learn them, you can purchase some Rubber Spiders here at Dressed Irons (while supplies last).  

As always, if you have any questions about this fly (or any other) you can leave a comment on Dressed Irons or any of the videos I have produced and I will help in anyway I can.   Enjoy!

Remember…..  It’s Fly tying…..  If you’re not having fun, You’re Doin’ It Wrong.

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