Thursday, 12 May 2011

LTD Mayfly Spinner

Its not often i do a sbs on a pattern as it takes alot of time to do,  its been a real cracker for me and has all the triggers to do the buisness, i used many of the well know patterns and i did find that after a fish they were a nightmare to remove the water and return it to fish well without sinking.

I studied the natural and looked for the main triggers, i noticed the white body was important in the clear water we had, the tails were huge, and at least 2/3inches long, the wings of a Mayfly spinner would be very much the same as the dun holding in the near upright position, it would dip its tail in for a second and return to the air, this would create a frenzy action of trout hitting them hard, i did see action where the spinner would stay on the surface after all the eggs were dropped and float down stream flicking its wings for at least 30 yards..these were taken well but nowwhere near as much as the dipping spinner...

I have two patterns that i have named in my LTD range, The Ltd sedge has been a terrific fly for me and others who have used it, Wezzer landed a truley will brown of 2lb 8oz two weeks ago and loves it, Woody loves it in the emerger too, he fished it on Islay and took some very nice fish which is very nice to hear... its nice to see the emails i get thanking me for putting the sbs on my blog, and stories of it fishing very well....

Well the LTD Mayfly spinner is one  could not resist to put out on the blog, i would not give it the name unless i thought i had made a really fished top draw, and to prove its effect i was taking fish on it in very slow moving water, gin clear and 1ft deep!! well if they catch in them conditions you know you are doing well...

Well here is the sbs, the pics are not perfect but if u have any questions do ask me and i will be gratefully answer them..


  • Coypu (tails & rib)
  • Partridge sure wing size 12 or 10
  • Frankie Philips Coloured cdc dubbing (white)
  • Wild Duck cdc
  • Daneville's spiderweb (thread)
  • Red fox squirell (Thorax + legs) Celtic flytec

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Run thread from eye and do touching turns to rear of hook, i used a size 12 Partridge but a size 10 would be better for the spinners i saw..

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Take three tails of coypu and tie in with between 2inch and

three inch overhang at the rear of the hook.

Take the thread inbetween each tail to seperate them so they

do not touch together.

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3....Take some light brown cdc and dub in at the base of the hook, from studying the natural it has a clear dark brown patch at the rear, this is optional as i caught the same without this but still could be the difference on a hard day..make sure exess coypu is still at the rear as this will be wound up later..

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4....Take a good pinch of white cdc dubbing and

work into the thread, it looks scruffy here

but cdc is very light and can be worked into shape.

Dub upto just behind the eye..

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5...Once dubbed grab the excess tails of coypu and

wind up to form a rib like in the natural, this also gives the fly very good strength and pulls any excess cdc into shape.

Tie off the coypu with your thread..

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6....This is how the fly should look at this stage...

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7....Now tie in two cdc plumes lined up together and tie in on one side of the hook as shown, do figure of eight turns and give it some stick to hold well in place..make the wings large just lik the natural..

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8...Now trim off the waste cdc at the other end to form the first wing...sweet..

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9....Now take two more cdc plumes and repeat the same process as tying the other wing, make sure to tighten in well so the wing will not fall out while fishing...

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10....This is how the wings should look when tied in and trimmed...notuce the wings tied flat, these will be worked upto the natural postition on the next stage...

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11...Now take the red squirrel and dub around the thorax to give a buzz look and signs of legs..

Importantly work the wings to point at 45 degrees angle to the hook, the picture shows the underneath veiw of the tie off and go catch some fish (next year!!)

The spinner can be easily converted to a Dun by changing the dubbing yellow/cream and shortening the tails, this i did not try as i only really fished the spinner falls and boy did this fly do the job...

Will be at the ready for next year...

Happy tying

Nice one




  1. nice one glen ,I'll have to get some knocked up.

  2. that looks really neat! I'll give them a go at the vise

  3. Fecking great fly Glen,
    Pity I have none of the materials needed to tie them! Also Looked at the large selection of flies you gave/Dino nicked off you. Nice one. Especially that little spent gnat number, which breed well on my vice! PS Where's the modified Griffiths he pinched off me? Not in HIS box!

  4. Sorry to everyone who commented on this fly, blogger site crashed last night and earased the comments so nice one...

  5. Glen,
    Nice 1! Will give 'em a go on the Derwent. If you fancy trying them too on the Derwent text me and we can arrange something.