Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tying the Isonychia (Slate Drake) Spinner

I just returned from Montana, and will provide a report with photos in the next couple of days.  In the meantime, here is our latest tying video, which we made shortly before heading to wild trout heaven.  The fishing in Montana was great, and we did fairly well in Yellowstone Park/Wyoming, despite high winds the days we visited the Firehole, Upper Madison and Yellowstone Rivers. 

The Isonychia spinner here is an extended body pattern that has worked well for me over the years in the summer months and this time of the year, on cloudy, showery days, in the late afternoon until dusk.   As usual, Tim Flagler does a great job with the video production showing the methods I use to crate this pattern.

Hook: Dry Fly #10-14
Thread: Danville 3/0 brown
Tail and Abdomen: Moose body hair
Wing: Deer body hair
Thorax: Mixed rabbit fur - 2 parts claret: 1 part brown: 1 part gray

Sharpen your hooks!

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