Red Spinner (Variant )

Step By Step instructions to tie a variant of the Red Spinner.

The Red Spinner is the spinner of the Large Dark Olive (Baetis Rhodani). This wet fly imitates the spent spinners being carried downstream under the water surface. It is most useful early season in the early afternoon or anytime you see the large dark olive spinners on the water. It is best fished on the top dropper. It is the largest of the olive species and a size 12 or 14 hook is the right size.

I prefer to use teal flank or mallard flank than the traditional wing slips because they are much more durable and unlike the wing slips they will last for more than just a couple of fish.


  • Hook: size 12 or 14 kamasan b175 or similar
  • Thread: Black 8/0
  • Tail: Greenwells or furnace hen fibres
  • Body: red 1 ply uni floss
  • Rib: fine silver wire
  • Hackle: Greenwells or furnace hen
  • Wing: teal flank or mallard flank
  • Head: black varnish

Tie in the tail . The tail should be roughly the same size as the body.

Tie in the red floss and fine silver wire then run your thread up to where the body ends just before the point where you will tie in your hackle. Making sure you leave enough room for the hackle, wing and head.

Wind the red floss body towards you up to where the body ends.

Wind on the rib in even open turns away from you in the opposite direction that the floss body was wound on.

Pull the fibres of the hackle out 90 degrees from the stem and tie in by the tip.

Cut off the tip, bring your thread to the point where you want the hackle to end , leaving enough room for the wing and the head. Wind on three turns of the hackle stroking the fibres back as you wind. Tie off the stem and cut the stem. Tidy up with a couple of thread turns.

Remove the flue from the teal flank feather and pull the fibres out to 90 degrees on one side of the feather

With your thumb and finger hold the feather tips tightly and tear away from the stem. Stroke the fibres to get them to lock together again.

Keep a firm grip of the teal fibres and fold in half widthways.

Keep a firm hold and fold again.

Strike the fibres to encourage them to take on the desired shape. Then place them on top of the hook shank at the desired length and tie in with the pinch and loop method.

Cut off the excess and bring your thread back up to the base of the wing tidying up the head area as you go

Whip finish and apply a coat of black varnish with a dubbing needle.

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