When wet, the waxed thread takes on a gorgeous olive hue. To get the right shade, run wax up and down the thread twice, then rub quickly with thumb and forefinger.

Material list for the Greenwell’s Spider

Hook: Size 14 Mustad R30

Body: Pearsall’s No.5 yellow silk, well waxed

Rib: Fine gold wire

Hackle: Greenwell’s hen