This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Mike Kinney’s Reverse Spider.

Reverse Spider | www.johnkreft.com

I was asked recently if I would tie the Reverse Spider for a client and thought it would make a great TBT fly. So today I sat down and tied one.

I believe the fly pattern he provided was from Les Johnson’s Sea Run: Complete Guide to Fishing Sea-Run Cutthroat Trout (1979).

Here is a front view of a size 12 fly.

Reverse Spider - Front View | www.johnkreft.com

Kinney originally tied the fly for sea-run cutthroat trout on the Stillaguamish River.

The technique used to tie the fly allows it to “breathe” as it is fished in the current.

The Reverse Spider is a style of fly and can be tied in different color bodies as well as using Mallard, Wood Duck, Teal, and Gadwall for the hackle.

Enjoy…go fish, stay safe!

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2 Comments

  1. John, this is John Storfold, from the Southern Oregon Fly Fisher. I am the fly tying chair for the club and have been since 2008. As I am charged with putting a fly in the newsletter each month, as you know it get harder and harder to come up with new flies. Would you mind if every now and then I use one of the flies from your blog with the promiss that I give credit to you?
    Thanks for you time and thanks for your blog. Always interesting to read and I learn from it.

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