Here is the fly pattern sheet for the Rusty Paraspinner fly. It’s designed for faster or broken waters. The hackle helps float the fly.
Here is a real Rusty Spinner floating in an eddy. Check out the Rusty Spinner – Biot Body for another version.
Daiichi 1100, 1180, 1182 or TMC 100, #18 – 14
8/0, 14/0, 16/0 Rust
Microfibbets or Coq de Leon tailing material – light yellow, light tan
Turkey biot – rusty spinner
Two white CDC feathers trimmed to 1/3 usual length (or poly)
Superfine dubbing – rusty spinner
Grizzly, two sizes larger than usual. Trim fibers over eye to form a wide “V” shape
- Begin thread at hook eye. Wind thread halfway down shank and back towards eye ending at ¼ mark.
- Tie in post material.
- Tie in 2 tails and split. Length should be 1 to 1 ½ body length.
- Tie in turkey biot, curved side down. Optional – lay thin base of head cement or super glue to add strength. Wrap forward to thorax area, ending at post.
- Tie in hackle.
- Dub thorax and position thread directly behind eye.
- Wrap down post 4 – 5 turns and tie off.
- Trim hackle by cutting “V”.
- Whip finish.
This is my version of a Bonnie Harrop designed fly.
If you’d like to learn different methods to attach biots for a furled or smooth body, check out the fly pattern – Blue Wing Olive – CDC & Biot.