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Black Gnat

 
tied by Soft-hackle
Fly Type: Wet,
Target Species: Trout,
Recommended Region: Northeast US,
Material List:
Black Gnat-

Hook: Standard wet fly

Thread: Red or Claret

Hackle: Irredescent starling

Ribbing: Optional-fine green wire

Body: 3 crow fibers from primary or I use the dark blackish fibers from the v shaped section of a turkey tail feather. These are the brown tail feathers from wild or domestic turkey found near the top of the feather.


Tying Instructions: Tie on the starling hackle so the tip points out over the eye. Wrap the tying thread down the shank and attach the ribbing wire if being used. Attach the crow or turkey feather fibers by their tips. Bring the thread back down the shank to behind the hackle. Wrap the fibers altogether, down the shank. Tie off; trim excess. Rib with the wire. Tie off and trim excess. Wrap the hackle tying it off and trim the excess. While holding the hackle fibers back with the non-tying hands thumb and forefinger, slightly overwrap the hackle to hold them in position. Finish the head, whip finish and add cement.

Note: This Leisenring pattern originally did not include the green wire rib. I added this to strengthen the body. It also adds a little flash.
Presentation Tips: This fly is deceivingly simple, but very effective. It works for black caddis, dark colored mayflies, and its namesake the Black Gnat tied in small sizes. Fish it in the surface or just under, both upstream or down. Use the Leisenring lift, fish it as a wet, on the swing.



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