Fly Tying 1 min read

[Video] How to Tie the Leisenring Spider

Ken Sperry

Posted by Ken Sperry

February 15, 2024

Leisenring Spider fly

Tim Flagler presents a step-by-step tutorial on crafting the Leisenring Spider, a sophisticated wet fly inspired by the original design of Pennsylvania fly-fishing pioneer James Leisenring.

The Leisenring Spider fly pattern is a classic and effective wet fly that has been catching fish for years. This traditional pattern features a sparse body and soft hackle, giving it a lifelike appearance in the water.

The Leisenring Spider is a versatile fly that can imitate various aquatic insects, making it a go-to choice for fly anglers. Whether you’re targeting trout in a Colorado mountain stream or panfish in a local pond, this pattern is sure to attract attention from hungry fish.

In his characteristic fashion, Tim adds his personal touch to the classic pattern, resulting in a simple yet effective fly.

Throughout the demonstration, Tim shares some of his unique tying techniques for prepping a hackle, making a dubbing cord, and completing the fly.

Leisenring Spider Material List

  • Hook: 3X-heavy black nickel nymph hook (here, a Fulling Mill 51 05), size 14
  • Thread: Yellow, 8/0 or 70-denier
  • Rib:  Gold Ultra Wire, small
  • Body: Natural light hare’s mask dubbing
  • Hackle:  Hungarian partridge
  • Head coloring:  Brown Sharpie
  • Adhesive:  Head cement
  • Tools: Plunger-style hackle pliers, dubbing whirl, whip-finisher