subtle, blue and versatile
Like the Green Bottle Spider in the previous post, the Blue Bottle Spider has a similar application; either as a terrestrial soft hackle pattern, a beetle pattern or as a simple buzzer soft hackle wet fly.
Tying this spider wet fly consisted of tying in the rib first, again using some left over tippet material to strengthen the #14 Uni-Mylar blue tinsel abdomen. I added a fine black dubbing over the abdomen and dubbed up to the point where the black hen hackle was wound. I decided to use a red tying thread for this spider pattern, partly so that it may show through the dubbed thorax in places but ultimately so that it would produce a nice red head to the pattern, mimicking the red eyes of the natural fly.
Fishing the Blue Bottle Spider, it would have similar applications I imagine to the Green Bottle spider; fished either on, in or just below the surface film to suggest a terrestrial or hatching buzzer or deeper down to suggest a buzzer making its way up through the water column. A soft hackle wet fly utilising a slow retrieve or one where the wind and waves fishes it around in an arc, perhaps with the occasional twitch added to the retrieve for good measure. It is a spider pattern that could be fished at any time of the year and I certainly am looking forward to getting out and tying it to my leader this coming season.