North Country Flies or Spiders – is the name given to series traditional wet flies emanating from the northern counties of England, particularly Yorkshire. Where the countless North Country spider patterns have been used on the county’s famous freestone rivers for many centuries. Patterns such as the Partridge & Orange, Snipe & Purple and the Waterhen Bloa form the “Holy Trinity” of North Country spider selections with many anglers worldwide fishing these deceptively simple soft-hackled flies.
Utilizing unusual materials such as game and songbird hackles, the traditional North Country fly patterns have a long history with many notable angling publications dedicated to these simple soft-hackled flies.
With a lifetime of experience in tying traditional North Country Flies, I offer the most comprehensive range of professionally dressed North Country patterns. From the popular patterns such as Partridge & Orange, Snipe & Purple and Waterhen Bloa. To more obscure patterns such as the Deul Cruik, Royal Charlie and Thorn Fly Dun, I offer a full range of spider dressings found in publications such as T.E. Pritt’s Yorkshire Trout Flies, Edmonds and Lee Brook and River Trouting, and John Swarbrick’s List of Wharfedale Flies but to name just a few.
Want to learn more about the history of North Country fly patterns then follow my blog The Sliding Stream where I detail many aspects of tying and fishing the various North Country fly patterns. You can also purchase my highly acclaimed book The North Country Fly: Yorkshire’s Soft Hackled Tradition from leading bookshops including Coch-y-Bonddu Books and Amazon.
You can also catch me at many of the Uk’s leading flytying shows such as the BFFI and the The Uttoxeter Game Fishing and Fly Tying Festival. I am also frequent visitor and guest at many international flytying shows and events such as the International Fly Tying Symposium in the USA.