Fortnightly Fly: Lowlight Marinaro Spinner

This little fly is nothing more than the classic, Marinaro spinner with a little post for the evening angler.  While I normally don’t care if I can see my flies at dusk, for sparse spinners like this, it’s good to know that your fly is still floating.  And this fly is sparse!  But if you find a tough fish eating hendrickson spinners on the edge of a backwater at dusk, you’ll love this fly, and you’ll even love the post as much as, I’m certain, Marinaro would hate it.

Daiichi 1180, size to match the natural

Uni 6/0 Dark Brown, or color to match the natural

Dun Microfibbets

Beaver or synthetic dubbing to match natural

Hackle in medium dun, or grizzly dyed dun

2 mm foam in white, yellow, or chartreuse

Step #1

There are a lot of ways to start this fly, but I start with the hackle, so I cover the thorax with thread.

Step #2

Five or so turns of hackle will cover it.  Leave enough space by the eye as this is where you’ll tie in the post andfinish the fly.

Step #3

Brush the hackle to the sides from above and below the fly.  Now clip V’s in the top and bottom fo the hackle.

Step #4

Bring your thread to the back of the fly and dub in a small ball.  This can also be an eggsack if you desire.  You’re going to use the dubbing ball to split your tails.

Step #5

Tie in your tails in one clump of four at the angle you’d like one side to be, and then pull two to the other side of the bump.  You’ll now have two tails on either side of the bump.

Step #6

Dub the body, thin toward the tails, and thicker toward the hackle.  This step locks the tails in place and builds the body.  I like to use beaver dubbing because it really does float well.

Step #7

Apply dubbing to the thread and begin to figure 8 through the hackle.  If the top of the fly is a clock, you’re going to wrap 4 pm to 10 pm, and 2 pm to 7 pm.  The hackle will go everywhere, but will eventually organize into two wings.

Step #8

Brush the hackle wings back and hold them there as you tie in a very thin sliver of foam as close to the wings as possible.  Wrap over the foam working back toward the bend until you can go no further.  You want it pretty close to between the wings.  Cut it to the height you prefer.  The video above shows the fly with a longer post.  You can always, and only, make a post shorter…