Video: How to Tie the PFD Rusty Spinner

Last year, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions and Matt Grobert offered their versions of the standard Rusty Spinner pattern. Now Tim is back with a PFD version, which features extra flotation for fishing in broken water. The foam back also allows you to see the fly in the low light that invariably accompanies a spinnerfall. As usual, Tim offers tricks that will make you a better tier, such as using the tag end of your tying thread to splay the tails and allowng your thread to untwist to ensure a smoothly tapered body.

PFD Rusty Spinner
Hook: Standard dry-fly hook (here, a Dai-Riki 305), sizes 14-18.
Thread/Body: Rusty brown, 6/0 or 70 denier.
Tails: Mayfly Tails or microfibbets, medium dun.
Tail separator: Tag end of tying thread.
PFD: White craft foam.
Wing: White New Zealand sheep wool.
Head: Tying thread.
Adhesive: Head cement.

Rusty Spinner
The Rusty Spinner imitates a variety of adult mayflies.

photo courtesy Tightline Productions

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