From 1886 onwards the spider patterns’ recognition spread
until 1916 saw the publication of “Brook and
River Trouting' by H. H. Edmonds and N.N.Lees.
This tome caused the spider patterns popularity to soar higher
Both Pritt’s, and Edmonds and Lee's
books are considered to be THE bibles on the tying and fishing of North
Country Spiders and are well worth reading.
I’ve just scratched the surface of the history of these
wonderful little creations – dig deeper and the names of
W.C Stewart, W.H. Aldam and a real unsung hero – the West
Country wet fly gentleman – H. C.Cutcliffe.