Thanks to IDFFA member Larry (Professor), I am going to try a new pattern this summer. I say new but in fact it is not a new, but rather a very old, pattern. If you look up the history, this fly was apparently used during Roman times and soft hackle flies had a resurgence also in the late 1600's. Charles Cotton actually wrote about them in Compleat Angler 1676. And then, in 1816 G. C. Bainbridge wrote about them again in The Fly-fishers Guide. "Another 60 years were to pass before three more valuable works featured soft hackled flies."
"W. C. Stewart wrote The Practical Angler; W. H. Aldham A Quaint Treatise on Flees and the Art of Artyfichall Flee Making in 1876; T. E. Pritt Yorkshire Trout Flies in 1886 (which was re-titled North-Country Flies in a later edition). All these books featured extensive writings on soft hackled flies. But in 1857 the greatest influence on using these patterns in England occurred. W. C. Stewart was a renowned fly fisherman from the Scottish Border area and it was Stewart that put 'spider' patterns in the fly box of all the north of England fly fishers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries" Above quotes from: