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Tom Nixon Spinner
bass, sunfish, crappie, white bass, pickeral
In his landmark book, "Fly Tying and Fly Fishing for Bass and Panfish", warmwater fly fishing legend Tom Nixon of Lake Charles, LA, details numerous patterns that utilize spinners, and goes into great detail about the different types of blades and their action. Purists may be offended, but spinners on flies is part of the warmwater tradition. "They catch fish", Nixon says, "because of how much action they give with little or no forward motion. The oscillation transmits flashing 'here i am' signals to any and all nearby creatures".
There are two types of spinner flies: inline and offset. The inline flies are easier to cast with light rods and tied on sizes 6-8 can catch a wide variety of fish. While his Mickey Brim and Feather Duster are classics of their own, this particular pattern emerged in recent years, and has been an absolute killer on bass and crappie. Whatever name Tom gave it has been obsoleted, such a great fly deserves the name of the master who created it!
- 6 gauge stainless steel or bright music wire
1) Cut a section of wire about 3 inches, you need only about half of that, the rest makes it easier to work with.
If you'd like a copy of Tom Nixon's book, it's available at most Louisiana fly shops. Or you can order it directly from Tom. His phone number is (337) 562-2021. The price is $49.94 plus S+H of $3. It's not just instructional on tying and fishing, the book is chocked full of great stories you'll want to read over and over again!
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