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inline spinner with fly that doesnt spin!

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Hi guys, new here, i am building an inline spinner with a fly attached- similar to a Joes Elite striker?  The fish i am targeting seem very hesitant to bite on a fly that is rotating behind the spinner. my goal is to have the blade spin and the rest stay straight. i am using some squirrel tail on the bottom and elk hair on the top. i can get 30 to 50 percent of them to not rotate till they are beat up. i have used some lead wire to weight the bottom side. i use the elk to flair and be boyant. wondering if a piece of foam tied on top or any other suggestions to keep the fly part from spinning. i have had no issues with the spinner or other components. thanks for any ideas.

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One of the reasons I use a small swivel when fishing in-lines is because they all spin around. The only in-line I ever used that didn't completely turn much during the retrieve was the Mepps Comet with the minnow. While it didn't spin a lot the fact is that it still did. I think you did the right thing in using a buoyant material on top of the hook to keep it riding up. That is probably the best way to keep the fly oriented the right way but it will still spin sometimes, especially in current.

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18 hours ago, Kerryd15 said:

Hi guys, new here, i am building an inline spinner with a fly attached- similar to a Joes Elite striker?  The fish i am targeting seem very hesitant to bite on a fly that is rotating behind the spinner. my goal is to have the blade spin and the rest stay straight. i am using some squirrel tail on the bottom and elk hair on the top. i can get 30 to 50 percent of them to not rotate till they are beat up. i have used some lead wire to weight the bottom side. i use the elk to flair and be boyant. wondering if a piece of foam tied on top or any other suggestions to keep the fly part from spinning. i have had no issues with the spinner or other components. thanks for any ideas.

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You might try adding another bead or two in front of the body, to be sure your blade has plenty of room to spin without hitting the body.

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They spin because there isn't enough weight to counteract the inertia of the blade.  You may try using a heavier spinner body or and offset-weight spinner body that's crimped to the thruwire.  There was a spinner made a while back that had a body similar to a rooster tail, but the wire went through it at a slight angle resulting in a 'bottom weighted' style spinner.  

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