Tying Your Own Rubber Spiders
Tying your own rubber spiders is a good place to start flytying. Spiders require basic fly tying tools, vise, bobbin and scissors. Materials are readily available and inexpensive. The best part of tying rubber spiders is catching fish on a fly you tied. Spiders are very effective catching a wide variety of panfish, bass and trout.
Tying a Rubber Spider
Lock hook in your fly tying vise. Position as shown and apply a small drop of Zap-A-Gap to the top of the hook shank where it is kinked.
Place the rubber body on top of the hook and hold the body in place for 30-40 seconds to allow the glue to dry. Be careful to avoid touching the glue with your fingers.
Start to wrap the thread around the center of the bug body. This wrap should be located between the two small benks in the hook shank. Put 6 to 8 wraps of thread.
Cut 4 rubber legs about 2 inches long. Place 2 of these legs on the right side of the body and put 3-4 wraps of thread over them. Place the last 2 legs on the opposite side of the body and wrap 3-4 times. Make sure that the legs stay on the sides of the body as you apply the thread wraps. Trim legs to the desired length.
Apply a drop of head cement to the thread wraps. Your spider is done and ready to fish.
You're now ready to go catch some fish!