Tying a Blacknose Dace (Fry Pattern) with Davie McPhail

The Blacknose Dace is one of those special fly patterns that fly anglers have favoured for years on end. This streamer pattern was created by Art Flick in the early 1950s and works when nothing else will. Many large trout across the country get caught by this sultry streamer as it is swung near their feeding zone. Aside from its immediate attraction to fish, the Blacknose Dace is also a great-searching pattern as anglers fishing the swing can cover large amounts of productive water over the course of a day. The Blacknose Dace that Davie is tying is based off the patterns and methods seen in Keith Fulsher's book, Thunder Creek Flies.

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always, if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie a Blacknose Dace Fly, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.

Materials Used:
Hook: Streamer Hook size 4 Thread: Uni-6/0 White Flanks: Silver and Pearl Krystal Flash Badger Cock Hackles Back: Ginger or Brown Bucktail Belly: White Bucktail Sides: Black Bucktail Eye's: Should be White with a Black Dot

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly.

Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!