Hi! I think your website is fantastic and I wanted to positively identify this spider. I found it on our house (spanning a good 4 inches) in western NC and thought it might be a fishing spider. What do you think?
You are correct. This is a Dolomedes Fishing Spider, probably Dolomedes scriptus. Eric Eaton just corrected us: ” The fishing spider posted most recently is not D. scriptus, but Dolomedes tenebrosus in all likelihood. D. tenebrosus is usually found away from water, not so most of the others in the genus.”