The Wickhams Spider also known as the Wingless Wickhams is one of my favourite flies. I have found the best time for this fly is spring to late summer. Different coloured head hackles can be very effective including white, grizzle, yellow and hot orange, all these variants fish well. The pattern shown has the addition of a hot orange hackle just behind the bead. It can be deadly when nothing else is taking especially in coloured or mirky water.
The fly can be fished on an intermediate line on its own or part of a team of two or three flies. Anything from a slow figure of eight retrieve to a "fast as you can pull" or even a roly poly pull can be used, different days need different methods of retrieve.