The Rusty Spinner is one of the more useful dry flies you can have in your box, as it represents the spent adults of a variety of mayflies. During the Hendrickson hatch here in Vermont, more big trout are caught on Rusty Spinners than on any other pattern. Watching the spinners fall from the sky onto the water at dusk is exciting because you know that trout will start rising any minute.
In this week’s great video from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions, he teaches you to tie an imitative, durable Rusty Spinner pattern. I love the way he uses the tag end of the tying thread to help splay and secure the tails, and the turkey-biot body is elegant and realistic. You should always have some of these in your fly box.
Hook: Standard dry-fly hook (here a Lightning Strike FM50), size 14.
Thread: Rusty Brown, 8/0 or 70-denier.
Tail-splitter Rusty Brown thread.
Tails: Mayfly Tails.
Abdomen: Rusty Spinner Turkey Biot Quills.
Adhesive #1: Superglue (here, Fly Tyers Z-Ment).
Wings: White Polypropylene Floating Yarn.
Thorax: Rusty Brown Superfine Dry Fly dubbing.
Adhesive #2: Head cement (here, Sally Hansen Hard-As-Nails).
Tools: Hackle pliers, plunger-style hackle pliers, bobbin, and whip-finisher.