Our Man From Canada


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A very nice Rusty Spinner tied by Byron Haugh



The rusty spinner is one of my "go to flies" when I am fishing on one of my local spring creeks during the evening hours. It is a good imitation for the Pale Morning Dun spinner and it seems to work well during those times when there are no spinners evident.

My flies are not as good looking as Byron's but they seem to work for me. It was over 40 years ago when I had the great pleasure to meet fish with and become a friend with Vince Marinaro. He showed me his favorite spinner pattern, which is illustrated in his first book, A Modern Dry Fly Code. Vince would wrap the thorax area of his flies with hackle and then clip the hackle to form the wings. He would clip the hackle from the top and the bottom making a fly with completely spent wings or he would clip the hackle to allow the wings to be slightly lifted off the water. Since that time I have tied most of my spinners using this technique.

Insert hook in vice

Attach thread and wrap to rear just above hook point

Attach tails

Wrap small amount of dubbing on thread – keep it thin

Wrap slightly tapered thin body

Tie in hackle, shiny side facing you, build up thorax, clip excess hackle fiber

Wrap hackle over the thorax

Clip excess hackle, whip finish head, clip hackle top and bottom

Finished fly – top view

A recent victim – 16½ inch spring creek brown trout

This fly is simple and easy to tie. You can split the tails or tie them in straight, both perform equally well. I tie some with the wings fully spent, I tie some with the wings in a slight V so that the fly can rock from one wing to the other and I have even tied some with just one wing on one side.

The Chronicler

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