“I cant thank you enough for offering your fly tying class! I had no idea that I would enjoy learning to tie flies as much as I did, and assuring everyone that you are there to answer any questions made me very comfortable” -Lisa…
My husband loves fishing rusty spinners almost as much as ‘some’ people hate when I leave my dubbing box open..😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
So when I saw that the makers of Reel Wings had revamped a product that I once had trouble using, I had to give them another go! After only a few attempts I was immediately hooked. They give a lifelike appearance like no other material can, and are a breeze to cast. So if you, like me; had been a little nervous in the past, fear no more!
Spinners are excellent flies to fish as it gets dark, but as always; adjust the size and tone of colors to suit the needs in your area.
Reel Wing Rusty Spinner:
Hook: Partridge standard Dry #12
Thread: Tan or black UTC 70
Tails: cream micro fibetts
Body: Rusty spinner turkey Biot
Ribbing: find gold wire
Wings: Veniard Spinner Medium
Dubbing: rusty spinner dry fly
Begin your fly by creating a thread base and securing your mayfly tails.
If you have trouble getting them to splay correctly please see a Step-by-step here with a few tricks . It will open in a new window so that you can continue with your pattern.
With your tails in place you can begin to build up the body, but keep the shank bare a little more than a hook eye in length in front of the body.
We will be using a turkey biot for the body, not dubbing, which means that any irregularities will show. If you are having trouble creating a uniform underbody, please see the link here. It will open in a new window so that you can continue with your pattern.
When creating the underbody, Keep in mind that you dont want to build up too much material at the back end of your tapered body, since you still have to tie in the biot.
Taper the body up to an eye length behind the eye, then bring your thread back so that its sitting across from the hook barb. Here you will tie in the next two materials.
The turkey biot and fine gold wire.
Tie the turkey biot in so that when you wrap it the body will be rigid and segmented. If you have never worked with turkey biots before, or are having trouble, please see the step-by-step link here, it will open in a new window so that you can continue where you left off.
Using hackle pliers or your fingers, wrap your biot forward and tie it off just before the thread body ends. You can now bring your wire forward, wrapping them into the ruts and tie it off as well in the same place. Trim the waste ends and get ready for the wings.
Attaching the reel wings:
Now before we go any further, I just want to say, if you were like me and had a terrible time using “reel wings’ when they first came out.. They have revamped the packaging and ease of use, but for the sake of being redundant, I have created a separate page for anyone new to using Reel Wings. This will give you some tips and tricks to help you wrangle this material on to your hook. This slide show below is just a brief explanation.
Once your reel wings are in place, you can begin to dub the thorax.
Just be careful! Oh no!😱😱
By the way, If you happen to rip a wing.. don’t freak out. Just finish the fly, throw it in your box and fish it 🙂 It may produce more takes than you’d think. You can also add a little bit of dry fly floatant to the thorax before fishing, but trout will take them just fine when they start to sink.
I hope this tutorial had encouraged you to over come a fear of using a new material, and as with all of my step by steps, feel free to contact me with any questions!
Happy tying and keep those dubbing boxes closed!