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Monday, October 6, 2014

Rusty Mayfly Spinner

Sometimes you need to go a bit realistic

Rusty Mayfly Spinner
If you've ever hit a really good Mayfly spinner fall, then you can see the benefit of this pattern.
Because it features these "hyper-realistic" wings, in traditional spinner orientation, it's sexy as all get out and it's been a great fly to have in the box during these awesome hatch stages.

As far as this pattern goes, it features one of my favorite body materials: wrapped turkey biots (with the ribbing up). If you're a little hesitant to go with Turkey biots, we've done some homework for you and explained all you need to know about biots in general.

Another addition to this type of traditional pattern is the use of some specialty wings. The wings and the wing burners are from the guys as J:Son Sweden. They're an innovative bunch of fly tyers that put out some awesome materials. The wing burners, shown here, come in a variety of sizes and types. These are specifically for mayfly wings and I use them all the time. In this pattern, I use the matching wing material they provide, but you can also do this with any of the medallion sheeting colors we carry in the store.

Material List

Hook: Daiichi 1180, #14-#18 (+)
Thread: MFC Premium Thread, 8/0, Rusty Brown (+)
Tail: Sparkle Emerger Yarn, Gray (+)
Body: Turkey Biot, Rusty Spinner (+)
Wings: J:Son Realistic mayfly wing material, M4  (+)
          or   Medallion Sheeting, Buggy Light Dun (+)
Thorax: Ice Dub, UV Cinnamon (+)

Tools: J:Son Realistic mayfly wing burner, M4 (+)


  1. First spinners do not have shucks, they have tails. Second the biot is on wrong, you need a smooth body not the way you did it. This is the first video that you did no on's!

    1. Hi Jim, thanks for the comments. So obviously spinners don't have shucks, but this isn't a shuck. It's a tail (see recipe above). Anyway, point is I'm a fan of the "tie more tailing materials in than you need" a la old school dry flies, but use synthetic fibers that float better. I like the impression it gives on the water. More a matter of taste and I feel it floats a bit better for me. As for the biot, I choose ridge instead of smooth. Here's a post from a while back that might help you understand our apparent total disregard for the fly tying rule book: ;)