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Fly Days of August: CDC Rusty Spinner

August 18th, 2009 · No Comments

The rusty spinner works for many mayfly species, as they are spent with egg laying. The dead/dying flies are flush in the film, with their wings splayed out. When fish are keyed on spinners, they take a relaxed rise, conserving energy and not too worried about the bugs escaping. Usually, you’ll just see a nose pop out of the water, maybe a little porpoising.

This is a tough fly to see in the water. Spot where it lands, and follow the location during the drift. Tighten if you see a nose near the fly’s location.

CDC Rusty Spinner

CDC Rusty Spinner

CDC Rusty Spinner

  • Hook: Dry Fly like Tiemco 100, size 14 to 20
  • Tail: 3 splayed hackle fibers, or micro-fibbets
  • Body: Turkey or Goose Biot, died rust (Turkey for larger sizes)
  • Wing: CDC puffs, tied out to the side, topped with pearl Krystal Flash
  • Thorax: Rusty dry fly dubbing

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