Rusty Spinner



HOOK: 1X fine wire, standard shank, turned-Down eye; e.g., TMC 100 or equivalent. Sizes 14-20

THREAD: Rust to match body

TAIL: Microfibbets (long; two, spread for stability)

BODY: Rust or brown biot

WING: White poly yarn extending perpendicular to body so fly will lie flush in the surface film

THORAX: Rust synthetic dubbing, tied in figure-8 over wing



Imitates the spent spinner stage of a mayfly. At this stage the mayfly has fullfilled its life's mission and is lying motionless, dead or dying, on the surface of the water--very vulnerable to trout who don't give a damn for the poignancy of the moment and only see an easy meal.

Many mayflies are rusty brown at this stage of life, so the body color shown here is usually sufficient. Also, spinner falls of this kind are rarely a major factor in Oregon fishing, so you don't need to get carried away with fancy spinner patterns.


How to Fish

Dress the fly with floatant and use standard dry fly presentations. You want the fly to ride flat and low in the water, with the wings spread-eagled.

Spinner falls can be difficult to detect, but here are the clues:

  • You see nothing on the water's surface, or you might see a few spread-eagled spinners if you look close
  • Trout are making subtle, unhurried rises; you may only see a nose come to the surface. They know the spinners is going nowhere but to mayfly heaven, so they will expend as little energy as possible in getting their meal.



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