PRO-Team member Paul Procter talks us through his Fly of the Month for July, the B-WO Para Spinners. Check back for his monthly updates!

July is when we look to evening time for our sport and the anticipated arrival of Blue-Winged Olives. Whilst emerging B-WO duns can provide breathtaking sport, centre stage almost certainly belongs to egg laying female spinners that at times litter the surface. Although several dressings exist to cover this crucial stage one that continues to serve me well is the B-WO Para Spinners. Obviously, a parachute hackle makes for a low riding fly that sits in, rather than on the surface…a prerequisite when it comes to spinner patterns!

With a short shank, wide gape and straight eye configuration the Partridge Spider hook (L3A/S) is perfectly suited to this dressing. Clipping the hackle fore and aft still leaves enough fibres to support the fly, yet provides that all important crucifix posture so evident on the natural. Once a stickler for three tailing fibres evenly splayed out, these days I’m more than happy with a sparse bunch of hackle fibres as many females often loose some of their tailing appendages prior to egg laying. It’s vital to have some form of indicator so you’re able to make out your imitation amidst the thousands of naturals, especially in the gathering gloom. This also allows you to track your fly’s progress too, making sure it drifts naturally. One yarn that stands out well in poor light is The TMC fluorescent yellow aero wing.



Hook: Partridge Spider size 16

Thread: Orange 14/0 Sheer

Tail: Dyed dun cock hackle fibres

Abdomen & Thorax: Fly-Rite #5 Rust extra fine dubbing

Wing: TMC aero wing (fl yellow)

Hackle: Light dun wound parachute style 




Paul Procter

A resident of the Lake District, AAPGAI Master and Wild Trout Trust Vice-President Paul Procter is a dedicated fly fisher. With 30 years experience on rivers, lakes and tropical saltwater fly fishing, Paul is a leading contributor to the UK’s premier publications-Trout and Salmon and its sister magazine-Trout Fisherman.

A talented and innovative fly tyer, Paul’s flies have become recognised as a signature for his many articles. Having spent the last decade travelling extensively throughout Europe, the Americas and Southern Hemisphere, he has gained a wealth of knowledge on many of the celebrated rivers and streams with an intimate understanding of fly hatches and their imitations required to tempt fish. In turn this has allowed him to develop specialist patterns with the opportunity to field test hook models on a range of fish species and ultimately provide valuable feedback. However, having fished the far corners of the globe, his abiding love remains the light line approach on intimate Northern streams, fishing North Country spiders (soft hackled flies) and dry flies. Here the rivers offer such diversity that Paul has honed all fishing disciplines on systems like the Eden, Wharf and Ure.

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