Best of North Country Spiders: Greensleeves

As you can see, currentseams is on a North Country Spiders kick. The goal here is to show you some of my favorite classic Yorkshire soft hackles, including the recipe, brief tying directions, and match the hatch notes.  I have to confess that I haven’t fished Greensleeves as much as I would like. I tend to tie it smaller, say 14-18. It makes a fine BWO emerger, as well as caddis (and even microcaddis is you wanted to cross the size 20 and smaller Rubicon). It certainly works nicely as the top dropper on your nymph setup.

Greensleeves North Country Spider

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Hook: Wet or dry fly, 14-20
Body: Green silk (this is Pearsall’s Gossamer Highland Green)
Hackle: Hen pheasant neck or inside of a woodcock wing (this is woodcock)

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Tying notes: This is a fairly straightforward tie. While not as fragile as starling, woodcock isn’t as robust as partridge, so don’t pull too hard as you’re winding. You can find a general North Country spider video tutorial here.

3 comments on “Best of North Country Spiders: Greensleeves

  1. Alton Blodgett says:

    Steve,

    Drat! I already have enough tying material to start a small store and now I need still more. My wife already calls me the Tupperware King.

    On another note, aside from following tradition, how important is silk in your estimation as far as fly effectiveness goes? As Pearsall’s is now defunct and supplies of silk are drying up are there other silk suppliers out there or will we be using different thread materials? Thanks!

    Alton

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