Project Description

Hi-viz Rusty Spinner

Pattern Description:

This pattern is a variation on the standard rusty spinner that has a good bit of added floatation and visibility. The addition of the palmered thorax hackle makes the fly much more visible and helps keep it afloat. I have used this pattern everywhere from the Henry’s Fork to the Frying Pan and it turns heads everywhere. I also use this fly as an “attractor” on rivers like the South Platte and Big Thompson during midday non-hatch periods during the summer months. Spinners don’t always fall all at the same time and the fish seem to be on the lookout for the random spinner. If you haven’t had much luck with traditional spinners, try this pattern. It is much easier to see in the fading evening light so common to spinner falls.

Materials Needed:

Hook: TMC 100 #14-24
Thread: Rusty Brown 70 Denier or 8/0
Tail: Four rusty brown Microfibbetts
Wings: White or Light Dun Float Viz
Abdomen: Stripped and dyed hackle quill, rusty brown
Hackle: Badger rooster neck, oversized by one hook size
Thorax: Rusty Brown Superfine Dubbing

Step 1

Attach the thread and leave a long tag end. Wrap back over the tag to the bend, keeping it on top of the hook shank.

Step 2

Tie in four Microfibbetts at the bend. The tails should be about one and a half shank lengths long.

Step 3

Pull the tag end of the thread up between the tailing fibers dividing them two to a side.

Step 4

Tie down the tag end of the thread and clip the excess.

Step 5

Move the thread up to the eye and back to the eighty percent point forming a thread base for the wing that follows.

Step 6

Tie in a clump of white or dun Float Viz and secure with X wraps to form spinner wings.

Step 7

Pull the wings forward and twist them in your fingertips so they stick together. This will keep them out of the way during the next few steps.

Step 8

Tie in a stripped and dyed hackle quill (soak the quills in warm water for about ten minutes before using, it makes them softer and more pliable) by its tip at the rear edge of the wings and wrap back over it to the bend.

Step 9

Wrap the quill forward in concentric turns up to the back of the wings and tie off. Add a drop of head cement to the quill body at this point.

Step 10

Tie in a badger hackle feather that is oversized one hook size at the front of the quill body.

Step 11

Apply a thin strand of rusty brown dubbing to the thread and start to build the thorax behind the wings.

Step 12

Figure eight the dubbing through the wings.

Step 13

Continue the figure eight to cover the wing tie down area.

Step 14

Continue dubbing forward to the rear edge of the index point.

Step 15

Start wrapping the hackle with three turns behind the wings.

Step 16

Cross to the front of the wings and continue wrapping the hackle with three more turns up to the index point. Tie off the hackle and clip the excess tip.

Step 17

Whip finish.

Step 18

Pull the wings back to the rear edge of the hook and trim them to length.

Step 19

Clip the hackle on the bottom of the hook so it is completely flush with the bottom of the thorax leaving only a 180-degree arc of hackle across the top of the fly.

Step 20

Front View, Clip the hackle on the bottom of the hook so it is completely flush with the bottom of the thorax leaving only a 180-degree arc of hackle across the top of the fly.

Step 21

Done!