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Tying Poly Wing and Snowshoe Rusty Spinners

Producer: Tim Flagler  |  Tightline Productions

Tim Flager and Matt Grobert take turns demonstrating their versions of the Rusty Spinner. Flager’s video offers excellent advice on thread techniques for tying the split tail and straight poly wings. Meanwhile Grobert, who prefers natural wing materials, doesn’t use any floatant on his finished product, but does treat the fly with Frog Fanny dry fly powder once it begins to lose buoyancy.

As Flager says, “There are so many ways to tie the rusty spinner, but the most important part is having confidence in the pattern you choose to tie.”

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  • Jheaney62

    Another must have pattern .excellent job gentelman.

  • tightline

    I do not agree. With proper thread tension, I can absolutely assure you that these wings do not move. In fact, a thread base might actually result in movement problems. If you are having slippage problems, you are most likely using too much poly for the wing.

  • Trm1336

    I am a newbe to fly tying. I do watch a lot of videos on the subject. I have noticed that the thread being used lies very flat on the hook shank. My thread is always round. How do I acheive this characteristic?

    • tightline

      It’s the structure and number of twists imparted to the thread during manufacture that makes the difference. The UTC 70 denier thread used on the rusty spinner tends to lie flatter than other brands. You can also flatten or cord (make it more round) most threads, by spinning your bobbin one direction or the other. Give it a try, it may be a bit hard to see at first but after a couple of spins, you’ll get the idea. Hope this helps.