How to tie a Copper Mayfly Spinner

This Mayfly Spinner Imitation is one of my go to flies throughout the trout fishing season, especially during the PMD Hatch and the Callibaetis Hatch.  This slender nymph pattern uses a small bead and copper wire for the head and body of the fly.  I have tied this Mayfly Spinner Pattern in rust color, yellow. brown, and even red all with great success.

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Materials List:

This Rusty Mayfly Spinner is a great fly that catches many trout. It makes sense to tie with a good hook, like the Tiemco 3761   #16 or #14
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I also use a small copper colored bead on the head of this fly.  I have used gold and black to match the hatch with good success.
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The thread i used for this fly was light colored, but you can use just about any color that you like to entice the bite.
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 The tail of this fly is tied with Grey Hackles.  I have also used pheasant, brown hackles, and white hackles.  I'll bet the trout eat whatever you chose to tie with!
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 The body of this mayfly spinner is tied with copper wire. I have used many colors and all of them work.
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 Finally, this fly is finished with a small grey saddle hackle.  I have also used brown and white hackles on this Copper Mayfly Spinner.
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Step by Step: How to tie a Copper Mayfly Spinner

Start a hook with a small bead

Tie in a tail

Tie in copper wire and wrap in forward

Finally, add a stout hackle and whip finish to complete the fly

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How to tie a Colorado River Special

The Colorado River Special is a Bead Head Nymph designed to catch big trout in the Colorado River.  The bright tail and copper bead prove to be irresistible to the brown trout and rainbow trout living behind deep rocks. I tie this fly with quite a bit of weight and I often reduce the size of my hook as the season turns.

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Watch how to tie this fly:

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Materials List:

When I tie flies to use on the Colorado River, I use strong hooks, the fish are big and will bend out inferior hooks in a matter of moments. For this Colorado River Special, I used a Tiemco 3761 Size 10

 I also use a bead on this nymph pattern.  I prefer gold or copper beads
that are matched to the hook, like these in the picture above.

Strong thread is a must for this bead head nymph, a tightly 
wrapped fly will last for quite some time.  I used brown in the video.

I also use Copper wire for the rib.  This also helps keep the fly 
durable and i think adds a little to the way a fly looks.

The tail of a Colorado River Special is tied with brightly colored red or orange 
material.  I have used both marabou and rabbit and both work just fine.

The body of this fly is wrapped with a couple of peacock hurls.
I hunt for peacock hurls that are "full" looking.
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The collar of this killer little bead head nymph is tied with brown saddle hackle.  I like to use hackles that are stiff and stand right out.  In a way I believe that this hackle acts as a weed guard that keeps my fly from snagging as often.
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Step By Step: How to tie a Colorado River Special

Place a bead on a hook

Wrap the hook with lead wire

Now start the thread

Tie in a tail

Add a copper rib

Tie in peacock hurl and wrap it forward

And wrap the copper rib forward in the other direction

Tie in a stout saddle hackle, whip finish, and complete the fly

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How to tie a Perfect Stonefly Nymph

Stonefly nymphs are perhaps the most exciting food in a trout's diet. This perfect Stonefly Pattern is just right for matching the hatch and tying them is almost as exciting as feeding them to the fish!  This weighted nymph is very easy to tie and can be made to imitate all of the stoneflies that crawl around the rocks where you live and fish.

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Watch how to tie this fly:

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Materials List:

I use strong hooks with my stoneflies, you never know what might eat it! I usually tie this stonefly pattern with a #4, #6 or #8 Stonefly Hook

I also wrap my hooks with a little lead wire for added weight. I use sizes .020, .025, or .030.

The body of this fly is wrapped in Chenille. I prefer brown colors, but a little creativity and experimentation can catch a lot more fish.
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What good Stonefly Pattern is good without rubber legs?!  I in this fly tying video I used legs that had the most natural colors.
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This Stonefly is meant to imitate a Golden Stone. You can use any color, I like to use browns, blacks, and oranges for my Stoneflies.
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Finally, I use a bit of glue to seal the fly and make it last for many, many bites.

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Step By Step: How to tie a Stonefly Nymph

First, shape your hook like this...

Then, wrap it with lead wire

Tie on thread to the top of the bend

Now add tails

And chenille

Work forward and tie in three sets of legs

And finish this step by tying in the antenna

Now wrap the chenille forward to the eye

Trim and whip finish

(Preliminary side view)

Use a permanent marker to "perfect" the stonefly


Finish with a top coat of super glue

Enjoy your Perfect Stonefly Nymph!

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