wrap thread starting from near the front of the hook and extending
to the point where you are going to tie in your first part of the
fly, the tail. This point should be roughly level with the barb on
Select three individual good cock hackles or Microfibbett
fibres equal in length to 1.5 or 2 times the hook shank. Tie in to
form a tail and remove the excess tail filament stubs.
(Microfibbetts are great for this as they are stiff right through
unlike filaments from a hackle. Also they can be splayed or bent
into shape after tying).
Take a piece of silver wire and secure it to the hook at the rear of
the fly. This wire should be tied in so that it protrudes out from
the rear of the fly and is out of the way of your working space for
constructing the rest of the fly. Once this is done trim the excess
wire and cover with a few well placed turns of thread
The body of the Black Spinner is to be constructed with thread. We
don't want the fly to be much thicker than the hook itself. Wind
forward to a point about 1/3 of the hook shanks length behind the
hook eye. There you have your thread body. An even body is better
than a tapered one in this instance so be aware of this as you make
Now that you have made the thin body of the fly take the silver wire
rib and start to wind forward. Use between 4 and 7 even wraps to
reach the point where the thread is. This rib will be a very
prominent feature of the fly. When this is done secure it with the
thread and remove any excess you may have.
Select a good quality Black hackle feather from your cape. Tie it
angled backwards and with the shiny side facing forward. This will
assist in getting the hackle to stand up correctly right from the
very first turn. Once this is tied in trim the excess feather stem
and wind the thread forward to the eye of the hook.
Take your hackle feather and wind forward with each successive turn
in front of the previous one. In this case you may even want to use
only several turns like I do as these spinners are extremely
delicate. Tie off and trim the excess hackle feather. Light