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post #16 of 18 (permalink) Old Today, 03:15 PM
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The black spider is an old pattern popularised anew in the UK by Tom Ivens some time during the late 60's or early 70's (if memory serves) as a pattern to imitate snails particularly in reservoirs, which became known as the Black & Peacock Spider.

While using the fly once, I remember catching a rainbow so full of snails it's belly looked 'lumpy', though it managed to find room for one more.

I recommend the little hard-cover book featured, although out of print for some time; last printing 2004. I found my copy on-line. Originally published and edited by Trout & Salmon magazine, UK.

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The black and peacock spider is a truly excellent all round fly which suggests many things to the fish not just snails. I have done well fishing it from boats in Scotland in early season dark olive hatches when they are taking below surface.
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Indeed, as the description aludes to the flies being: 'an effective all-rounder'

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