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Flat Spent Spinner Mayfly
Fly and Photos by Roy Christie
Harrow, UK.

This is another cabin-fever fly, the result of sitting down with a notepad, drawing what we want the trout to see; then building it in a useable form.

This and many of my other working flies come from this process.

Concept flies may eventually become working reality.

This fly will always land gently, right side up and can be easily presented on a sunk tippet.

Build it from materials chosen to match your local fall of spinners.

The fly is built on a curved hook of your choosing, which is cranked about twenty degrees toward the tyer, a quarter way back from the eye. It is dressed round the bend to get the tails to support the weight of the hook shank over the greatest possible area, so it can be dressed sparsely.

Materials Flat Spent Spinner (Mayfly)

    Thread: Gudebrod 8/0, straw

    Hook: Klinkhamer type emerger hook, cranked, see notes above.

    Tails: Stiff hackle fibres, tied on nearside, splayed and inclined toward the tyer.

    Rib: 5X nylon mono.

    Abdomen: Dubbing to match the natural.

    Parachute loop: Continuation of the ribbing nylon.

    Wings: Hackle fibres, polypropylene yarn, clear antron etc.

    Hackle: For support and light pattern - match the hatch and light conditions.

    Thorax dubbing: Hare's fur to match the natural.

Tying Instructions: Flat Spent Spinner

1. Lay a bed of thread from the eye to a third of the way round the bend.

2. Tie in hackle fibre tails, at ten degrees toward the tyer and splayed out.

3. Shows the angle of the tails and the crank in the hookshank.

4. Tail fibres and rib securely tied in.

5. Add a little dubbing to the thread.

6. Dub abdomen and tie in.

7. Rib the body with the nylon and tie in continue tying down the rib, until you get halfway along the thorax area.

8. Tie in the winging material, immediately in front of the nylon post.

The wings should lay in the same plane as the hook bend, but inclined toward the tyer at five degrees.

9. Tie in the hackle and make the parachute loop, just behind the wings the open end of the loop comes out behind the eye.

10. Dub the thorax mixture onto the thread.

11. Wind the dubbing to cover the thorax do not trap the hackle and loop, nor the wings.

Whip finish at the eye.

12. front view.

13. Spiral the hackle around one side of the loop, maintaining tension, seven or eight turns.

14. Pull the free end of the nylon to close the loop and lock in the parachute hackle.

15. Parachute is home, cut off excess hackle.

16. Cut off excess nylon and thread.

17. Top view, trim to match the natural's wing shape.

18. onwards- . . . COMPLETE ~ Roy

About Roy:

Roy Born 1953 near the Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland; started fishing when I was four or five, flyfishing a few years later, tying flies since I was about ten years old, bred bantams ducks and pheasants for their feathers. Self taught tyer, learned from Hanna, Skues, Stewart and Pritt. There were fairies at the bottom of the garden and a trout stream at the end of the first field.

When the stream was dredged in the late 1960's I rebuilt it as a self cleaning entity producing a good head of brown trout.

Founder member of the Wandle Wands, the self-appointed group for restoration of the River Wandle, a tributary of the Thames in London UK, once a designated sewer, now producing wild fish in excess of ten pounds.

My river flies are mainly nymphs from Skues; my Avon Special emerger, developed for English chalkstreams 1981; my Reversed Parachute and Cranky Cripple emergers, similarly designed for those canny southern browns; my EasyPeasyUSD for presenting an effective light pattern to fish feeding on the adult insects and the Flat Spent Spinner, for the tail end of the hatch.

Favourite flies include the hare's ear & copper wire nymph; CDC & Elk, Skues' Little Red Sedge and various homespun caddis patterns for pupa and adults.

Ambitions to ensure my grandchildren have a beautiful planet to live on and to live forever by an ever changing stream full of trout grayling and salmon.

Other minor obsessions - Citroen DS and Sharpes Canes. ~ Roy


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