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Do you love big bluegill?

Most of us have seen a good old-fashioned Japanese monster flick, right?
Who doesn't love "Mothra," "Rodan," and of course, "Godzilla."
We as fly anglers have probably also seen and used another classic, the foam spider.
So, what if we combined the two ideas?
I present to you, the "Tokyo Spider."

Member Billy Jackson first mentioned this pattern to me, so I looked it up.
Its not your average foam bug:

1. Its BIG.
These are size 4 and 6 - its gonna take a good sized fish to chomp these.

2. The rear foam body segment isn't tied down.
This means the hook rides low beneath the surface.

3. The "disturbance factor" is high.
These move a lot of water.

You should fish them right in tight to wood, rock and weeds and don't hurry them. Let them sit, with the occasional twitch and pop. How long to let them sit? According to the instructions, "...don't let the hook rust."

I'd also think they'd make excellent "floats" for dropper nymphs or soft hackle flies.

Warm water bass and large bluegill are their intended targets, although I see no reason why trout and other predators wouldn't be attracted. The legs are cut full body length, to add lotsa movement.

Save em for late spring and early summer. When the air temps reach 70° and you start seeing large beetles and such, tie on one of these and have fun!

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Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on October 6, 2015 at 6:03pm
Thanks John. Fortunately, ONLY 9 deaths. But the devastation is everywhere
Comment by John Sheehan on October 6, 2015 at 3:10pm

Sad news except your ok which is great Dave ! Excellent bugs pal!

Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on October 6, 2015 at 2:06pm
But we did ok.
Thanks everyone!
Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on October 6, 2015 at 2:05pm
The waters have receded, but damage everywhere.
Houses gone, bridges gone, 9 dead.
Comment by LedHed on October 6, 2015 at 6:38am

Excellent tyes - hope all is well

Comment by Keith Ritter on October 5, 2015 at 4:52pm

I hope everything is alright in the SC. I like these big spiders Scruff,  I caught my biggest bass on a fly rod a few weeks ago with a big foam grasshopper  tied by Dick Tabbert (see my photos).  These should do very well for you. Good to hear from you again and keep your powder dry if that is possible.

Comment by Slip Sinker on October 5, 2015 at 3:10pm

Hope all is well David... how is the flooding around you?

Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on October 5, 2015 at 2:40pm
Thanks fellas - I've been going through files again...
Comment by Slip Sinker on October 4, 2015 at 5:42pm

nice looking ties David!

Comment by Jeffrey D. Abney on October 4, 2015 at 5:28pm

Great spiders David.......thinking about everyone down in South Carolina this weekend......been rough this weekend!

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