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Spawning Dace (Educator)

tied by Joe Hard
Fly Type: Attractor Pattern,
Target Species: Trout,
Recommended Region: Eastern Canada,
Imitation: General Baitfish,
Material List:
Hook: TMC 300 size 2 or 4
Thread: Black Uni-Cord 12/0
Tail; White marabou, and pearl K.F.
Wing/tail; Coachman brown rabbit strip, or light brown.
Rib; Med. embossed copper tinsel
Counter rib; Med. hot orange ultra wire in a bobbin
Body: Fl. yellow uni yarn wrapped down and back several times to build up body
Throat/sides; Red or orange wool or here red Congo hair strands.
One strand per side of either pearl, root beer or gold K.F. tied up and as long as shank. I used the remainder of the pearl flash from the tail, should of used root beer K.F.
Collar; the wing/tail rabbit strip wound as a collar 2 times.
Head; Rams wool, black on top , tan on the sides and white on bottom clipped fairly tight. A dace does not have a big head, compared to a sculpin.

Tying Instructions: Start thread 2 eye spaces back and lay a thread base over shank. The tail is a marabou plume with the center tip removed. it is tied from the front of the hook all the way back to just above the barb. One strand of pearl K.F is doubled in so that it lays on either side of the marabou.
Thread is brought back to the start, 2 eye spaces back. Where the wire, counter rib is added and tied under rearward on the bottom of the shank. To tail tie in point and left hanging out of the way. The rabbit strip is then tied on at tail with several firm wraps. The thread is advanced forward and a couple wraps made then it is brought back to where the wing tail was tied on and a couple more wraps are made.

This makes sure that the wing tail is very durable can add a bit of cement. The thread is brought forward again to just in front of the rabbit strip. The rib is tied on the back side of the shank. Thread is returned to start. The body is then tied on, and wrapped down and back several times tightly to create bulk and a thicker body, and tied off at start. the rib is spiral wrapped forward. The rabbit strip is then pulled tightly up and forward and tied down at start with several firm wraps of thread. Do not cut rabbit strip, then the wing is moistened. This makes it easy to counter wrap the wire through the hair of the rabbit strip. The counter rib is then wrapped over the rabbit strip binding it to the shank, and somewhat uniform to the rib. several wraps of thread are made over the wire where the wing was tied off and the thread is advanced forward to halfway between the eye and wing tie in point. The wire is then wrapped tightly all the way to the eye, and back to where the thread is hanging and tied off. Hard to see in pic but the wire is the front of the fly. I have found that this adds forward weight that causes the fly to swim. it also adds bulk to even out the shank. Zap-a-gap is placed on the wire wraps. The thread is then returned to where the wing is tied down and the throat and sides are added. Thread is brought back to where the wire was tied off. The remainder of the wing is palmer wrapped twice and tied off. Can add a touch more glue to strengthen the collar. Clumps of wool are added to the top, sides and bottom of the shank clipped and trimmed to a small head.
Presentation Tips: This fly is tied to resemble a dace in mating colours, and an attractor pattern. It can be fished as any streamer, but as soon as the spring run off has gone and things start to warm up fish this fly slowly and hugging the bank or bottom. Dace change colours and big fish know it. When the dace are in full spawning colours, usually just after spring run off they will seek shelter in still flooded out shallows right on the river banks in numbers. When the water drops they have no where to go but in the river where big trout are waiting. They seek spawning grounds like gravel, spawn and return to there natural paler colours.

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