The Dark Spinner is another wet fly from Ray Bergman’s book Trout, it is on Plate #2 and the recipe is on page 428. I chose to do a video on the Dark Spinner because I thought is a handsome fly and I think it will do well in clearer water. Often when the water is very clear trout can be very spooky. A fly with any bright color or flash can easily turn then off. Sometimes, the opposite is true but most often I have found it is better to go with more muted and natural colors in gin clear water. I also think that it would do well in slightly muddy waters. The dark body, floss and darkish wing I think will show up better in cream colored waters. Either way, it is a fun fly to tie and a great fly to work on basic matched wing skills.A couple of notes on tying the Dark Spinner. The original recipe calls for Dark Claret for the body. I do not have any Danville Claret floss, let alone Dark Claret. I noticed a number of years ago, when working in the industry, that a number of fly tying manufacturers were replacing their Claret color with a Wine color. Danville is one of these companies. I have some Wine floss so that is what I used. I think the primary difference is that the Claret color has a little more red in it. I think it worked out fine but I did find if I used the Danville 4-strand Rayon Purple for the rib it blended in with the body too much. At least, I thought it blended too much. Maybe that is how it is supposed to be. Rather than the Rayon purple I went with a SemperFli Violet floss, which I think is a nylon. It is a bit brighter and not as ‘shiny’ as the rayon. I think it is a good pairing. Overall, I like the color combinations of the Dark Spinner and think it will be a very productive fly. If nothing else, it will look nice with some other framed flies. – Enjoy.
|Danville 6/0, Black & White
|Rooster Hackle fiber, purple
|SemperFli Floss, Violet
|Danville 4-Strand Rayon Floss, Wine
|Duck Quill, Natural, use the dark slate areas
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