Trico Spinner Tails
I have recently been reading the book "Matching Major Eastern Hatches" by Henry Ramsay. In his chapter on Tricos, Ramsay had a suggestion that I found very interesting ... that Trico spinners should be tied without tails.
Obviously, the natural spinners have tails (and in fact, very long tails). But the author's suggestion is that by eliminating the tails, the fly's footprint on the water is significantly reduced in size which results in less micro-drag. In my experience fishing Trico spinners, getting a very accurate and very drag free drift is critical, so Ramsay's idea seems like it has a lot of merit. I'm wondering if anyone has experience or thoughts about this.