Mayfly - Spinners:
Below are a few photos of some of my hand tied spinner patterns that have been very productive on the Upper Delaware River and West Branch
of the Delaware River throughout the past twenty one years that I've offered half day and full day river charters using a McKenzie driftboat
in the Catskill / Pocono region of New York State and Pennsylvania.
My daily river fishing blog can be accessed here and articles about my guide service along with this great resource can be accessed here.
I will add more flies throughout the winter months of 2016.
Spinners. The spinner is the last stage of the mayfly and appears as the fly drops their eggs and then dies. They appear mostly at dusk and trout will cruise and sip these morsels as they float helplessly in a pool.
Some of my biggest fish have been caught on top using a Snowshoe Rusty Spinner in size 12. It pays to have sizes 10 and 12 since you'll be fishing under low light and I've found the trout aren't super selective after the sun sets. However, it's up to the angler to spot those very subtle rise forms which can yield very large browns and rainbows.
Spinners can be fished solo or tandem. If fishing tandem, try an emerger off the bend of the spinner on 12 inches of 5x tippet.
All of my hand tied flies are provided to my fishing clients free of charge since I want YOU to have the best success on your river fishing trip and hatches will change throughout the spring, summer and fall.
Depending on the size of fly, the diameter of the tippet size should compliment the size of the fly and your leader should be at least nine feet long with about two feet of tippet material. A general rule is usually: Flies size 18 through 22: 6x / Flies size 14 through 16: 5x / Flies size 10 through 14: 4 or 5x.
My flies are also for sale as well. Simply contact me by email, text or voice if you have any questions. References from satisfied customers are available and, yes, these flies produce not only on the Upper Delaware River and Catskill streams but have fooled wild trout all over the world!