Flexi Spider

Target Species: Roach, rudd, dace, carp

Buzzers tempt a wide range of coarse fish, but the typical hard-bodied flies sometimes sink rather quickly and can be ejected as quickly as they are taken. For this reason I love soft hackled flies such as spiders- which possess terrific movement, but also sink more slowly.

I also suspect that the soft fibres or “legs” encourage the fish to hold on for a little longer. In a nutshell, this pattern combines the attractiveness of both buzzer and spider type flies in one package. You could fish it by sight in the upper layers, or suspend underneath a small indicator.


1. Catch the black thread on the hook, leaving a little gap for the head


2. Now catch in a strand of black flexifloss. For tiny hooks, you can also make finer strands by separating the floss with a sharp pair of scissors


3. Trap the flexifloss on top of the shank with tight, touching turns of thread. Stretching the flexifloss as you go helps to make a slimmer body. Stop above the barb, before returning the thread with further turns until it reaches a short distance from the hook eye.


4. Form a body with even turns of the floss. Leaving a slight gap on each wrap creates a nice, segmented effect. Once you’re 3-4mm from the eye, trap the end of the flexifloss and trim away the excess.


5. Carefully trap in a piece of fine peacock herl.


6. Make about three turns of the herl to make a small thorax, before trapping the material with a couple of turns of thread and trimming off the excess.


7. Select and tie in a piece of black hen- the fibers should be roughly the same length as the hook shank.


8. Make just two turns of hen for a sparse, mobile effect, before securing and trimming off. Whip finish and a spot of varnish completes the fly.


Order flies for roach, rudd, perch, dace, chub and pike HERE