Do you love big bluegill?
This fly was introduced to us from a former member of BBG!!! Not sure what happened to him but his fly is good top water producer!!!
This is tied with closed cell foam I use, 1mm. with 2 strips, length is 3"
The next piece of foam with the end extented out to the bend of the hook and bind the foam directly over the first piece of the foam!!!!!Pull the first piece over and bind it down, keep all your wraps in the center 1/3rd of the hook shank!!!!!Cut off the black foam to where it is extended out to the eye of the hook!!! Then fold the front foam back and bind down secure with tight wraps.Clip the yellow foam to create a wing!!!!! Using rubber legs attach two legs on each side of the fly!!!!!Whip finish and add a bit of rubber base cement or head cement to the legs and thread and you have a nice little topwater spider that the BLUEGILL love to attack.
Color combos are what ever you would like, I like contrasting colors.. A solid black could imitate a cricket... You are only limited by you IMAGINATION!!!!!
To Doug where ever you are Your Fly is still alive on BBG!!!!!!
Nice fly and excellent photos!
Why is it called a Tokyo Spider? I learned to fly fish in Japan, and while BG are very common there, they don't seem popular to catch or eat.
JB, The guy who introduced me to this one was an active member quite a while back!!! That is what he called it, but it has been a good fly and easy to tie!!!!
So, Sounds like Japan might be a good place to go and fish, except they shake more than Oklhoma, and a lot harder!!!!!
The tokyo spider and stealth bomber are my goto topwater flies. Both flies were made by Kent Edmons from GA. Super nice guy.
Jonathan, Don't know the stealth bomber got a PICTURE?????
When I first joined the the site I was introduced to this fly by DOUG RORER, He just disappeared from the site!!!! But ti is a fun fly to tie and fish!!!!!!
Here is Kent's web site. You can find all you want to know about the stealth and tokyo spider on his site. Give the stealth a try. I'm sure you'll add it your goto box.
Good looking fly! Was wondering...looks like you used 2 different colored threads, an olive when you tied in the yellow foam and then black. Is there a reason for that or was that one of the camera unexplainable things????
Aaaaaaaaa, You do have an eye for detail, but the thread is black, I other word I don't know how to respond to that!!!!! :-)
I forgot to ask...your thread looks heavy? What size do you use for tying foam? I don't have much experience using foam.
I usually use an 8'0 thread it is fine but stong, but usually breaks due to the tension used to compress the foam!!!!!! When tying foam I use flat waxed nylon thread it is multiple layered thread used in tying deer hair flies!!!!!! Deer hair won't cut it and it is really tough!!!!!
Another nice fly thank you for sharing to a beginner.
Maybe one of the first ones I'll try.
Someone asked why it was called the Tokyo Spider; The traditional foam spider has always been a killer bream (sunfish) fly. In it's traditional form, it is tied on #10-#12 hooks with a small bit of foam and floats low in the surface film.
That spider is terrific for average size bream - but I wanted something for the giant bream at Callaway, something I could see from a distance, and something big enough to entice not only the bream, but bass too. A Japanese sci-fi-movie spider, if you will, like "The Spider That Ate Tokyo"!