The Mayfly Spinner
The Mayfly Spinner rates among my all time favourite dry fly patterns for small mountain streams. Not that we have prolific hatches on South African waters, but the distinctive profile is familiar and recognisable to the trout as something they have seen and eaten and enjoyed before.
In a generic context this little fly simply looks like an insect of sorts. I used to use the conventional hour-glass style for the wings, but more recently have tied the fly using the Ellis Triple wing method. I have found that although a little more complex to tie, it has improved the pattern’s appearance, resembling more closely the wings of the natural insect and thereby improving the trigger qualities of the fly.
For the tail I use a few strands of Coc de Leon and splay these by taking a loop or two of thread under the tail, two different coloured strands of Moose mane for the abdomen, white Z Lon for the wings (trimmed to shape) and a 2 to 3 mm strip of black razor foam over and below the wings to create a distinctive thorax. The foam also aids the fly’s floatability.
Guest blog by Peter Brigg