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Clipped Hackle Spinner
By Ted Leeson and Jim Schollmeyer

A clipped collar hackle is an easy way of making delicate, translucent wings on spinner patterns, and the components here can be altered to match many mayfly mayfly species. On small hooks, use dun hackle barbs for the tail instead of Micro Fiberts, which will add too much bulk to the fly. It can also be tied with a body of dubbing, peacock quill, or hackle quill. Some tiers clip only the hackle barbs beneath the shank to make the fly easier to see on the water.

Materials for the Clipped Hackle Spinner:

    Hook: Standard dry fly, #10 - #12.

    Thread: Black 6/0.

    Tail: Light-dun Micro Fibetts and black poly dubbing.

    Rib: Light moose mane hair.

    Abdomen: Dark moose mane hair.

    Hackle: Light dun, dry fly.

Tying Instructions for the Clipped Hackle Spinner:


    1. Position the thread at the tail-mounting point. Using 3-4 Micro Fibetts on each side, form a dubbing-ball split tail one shank-length long, as show here from above. Keep the black dubbint small and tight. Do not clip the excess.

    Step 2

    2. Clip a light hair and 2 dark hairs from a patch of moose mane. Clip off 1/4 inch from the tip of each, and mount them over the rearmost tailing wrap ahead of the dubbing ball.

    Step 3

    3. Use a flattened thread to bind the excess tail material and hair tips to the shank, forming a smooth foundation over the rear 3/4 of the shank. Trim any excess material, and position the thread at the front of the foundation.

    Step 4

    4. Wrap the dark hairs forward together up to the tying thread, just as you would wrap a flat bard body. Tie off and clip the excess. Position the thread at the rearmost tie-off wrap.

    Step 5

    5. Rib the abdomen with the light hair to make light and dark bands of about equal width. Tie off and clip the excess. Position the thread at the rear-most tie-off wrap. Coat the abdomen with head cement for durability.

    Step 6

    6. Prepare a dry-fly hackle one size larger than would normally be used for the hook size. Mount it directly ahead of the abdomen as shown, forming a smooth foundation. Position the thread behind the hook eye.

    Step 7

    7. Wrap and tie off the hackle as shown...Clip the feather tip, and finish the fly.

    Step 8

    8. Trim the hackle barbs that project above and beneath the shank, leaving only the barbs that extend outward from the sides of the hook, as shown in this front view. ~ TL and JS

Credits: The Clipped Hackle Spinner is an excerpt from The Benchside Introduction to Fly Tying, by Ted Leeson,Jim Schollmeyer, published by Frank Amato Publications. You can read a review of this great instructional book HERE. ~ DLB

For more great flies, check out: Beginning Fly Tying, Intermediate Fly Tying and Advanced Fly Tying.

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