A Rusty or Ginger Spinner is one pattern you should never be without when fishing the Delaware River System or anywhere in that matter. I have spent a good amount of time experimenting with different spinner patterns and materials to create the most realistic pattern I can. What I look for in a spinner is a slender profile and a wing that looks transparent and sits low in the water, which I feel is a very important characteristics of any spinner and is often over looked. You need to look at it from the fishes prospective. Spinner wings are clear for the most part and lay flat on the water, when fish are looking up they want to see that in your pattern. Obviously, if we had our wings clear on the patterns we fish we would not be able to see our patterns on the water, so there are a few materials I like to use to try and simulate that as much as possible and you will see them below in the materials list. But, what I look for in my material for the wings is something that is stiff and holds its profile, and most importantly has light passing through it to create that transparent look and having a stiffer material helps with that. Hackle is a good example of that. I automatically disregard poly yarn or cdc in my spinner patterns. Both those materials block out light and sit your spinner patterns too high on the water. So take a look at my spinner pattern and maybe tie some up before your next trip up to the Delaware.
Hook: TMC 100 Size 10-20
Thread: Veevus 14/0 Brown
Tails: Microfibbets Dun
Abdomen: Mahogany Dubbing/Quill/Biot
Wing: Grizzly Wing Synthetic Fiber or EP Trigger Point TAILS in Dk Dun or Lt Dun
Thorax: Brown Superfine Dubbing
1) Start thread. Add and Splay Tails.
2) Here I am using dubbing but other times use biots and quills as well.
3) Add Wing Material. Here it is Grizzly Wing Fiber
4) Splay Wings
5) Trim Wings to Shape
6) Add dubbing to thorax and whip finish.
7) Here is the spinner tied with the EP Trigger Point Tails in lt dun. I usually keep a spinner pattern in my box that has lighter wing when it gets closer towards dark.
8) Here is a side view. This pattern will sit flat on the water
9) This is Ben's Spinner Pattern and a go to shop pattern of mine when my box is getting low. This is tied with a Grizzly hackle. Again it has stiff fibers to keep its profile, sits low in the water and also lets light pass through the fibers.