Tying Video – Blacknose Dace

The latest tying video from Dressed Irons is live on YouTube and it is the Blacknose Dace by Art Flick.  The Blacknose Dace is a classic bucktail streamer pattern that utilizes basic fly tying materials to produce a very elegant but effective fly.  Tied to resemble the Blacknose Dace minnow, more specifically the Eastern Blacknose Dace, which is a major food source for many species of fish.  Art Flick noted in his book Streamside Guide to Naturals and Their Imitations that he liked to use the larger size Blacknose Dace in the spring when the water is usually stained or muddy.  He preferred to fish the smaller size versions in the later season when the water was clearer and lower.

This video will show you how to tie the Blacknose Dace as described in the above mentioned book.  The original was tie using Polar Bear hair instead of white bucktail as well as Black Bear hair (or Skunk tail) instead of black bucktail.  The more modern version uses all bucktail since Polar Bear, Black Bear and Skunk Tail are not as readily available.  At least not as easy to obtain as bucktail.  For the brown bucktail I prefer to use the lighter brown hair from the back of the bleached (or white colored) bucktail.  My reasoning is detailed in the video.  I do not have a step by step page for this fly written yet but am planning one in the coming weeks.  

As always, if you have any questions about this fly (or any other) you can leave a comment on Dressed Irons or any of the videos I have produced and I will help in anyway I can.   Enjoy!

Remember…..  It’s Fly tying…..  If you’re not having fun, You’re Doin’ It Wrong.

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