Category: Sea-Run Cutthroat
Hook: TMC 200R, 4-10 (Used to expose more hook leading to less missed takes)
Thread: Black, Danville 6/0
Tail: Lady Amherst Tippett
Body: Black Chenille, with successively wider wraps to look like a carrot (2/3 of body, also to expose more hook)
Hackle: Mallard Flank, Lady Amherst, or Goose Flank tied in reverse direction
The pattern for this fly, came from the fine book by Les Johnson Fly-Fishing Coastal Cutthroat, Flies, Techniques, Conservation. In it Mike Kinney writes about how this fly came about and about different materials that he experimented with.
The rest is history, as the saying goes. The Reverse Spider has become one of the most successful and popular flies in the Northwest for Sea-Run Cutts. Read more about it in Les Johnson's book.