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Black Gnat Fly

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About the Black Gnat Trout Fly

The Black Gnat is one of the most popular dry flies in the world.

In spring and autumn, black gnats can be seen swarming near the surface. Although the spring and autumn flies are not the same species, they are so similar that for angling purposes they can be treated as one.

For the lake fisher, the black gnat is an insect of the margins, often preferring the shade beneath overhanging trees. Any darkish dry fly of the right size (16 or 18) is usually acceptable provided it is fished on a fine leader.

On rivers and streams, black gnat clouds are frequently densest over the slower sections. Mating pairs are particularly vulnerable in blustery weather and fall to the surface, where the trout are only too pleased to consume them.

Creator of this trout fly: Mike Weaver

Tier of this trout fly: Mandy Shelvey

Country of origin for this trout fly: England

This trout fly is designed to be fished on Rivers & Streams, Still Water

Pattern Dressings

  • Hook : 18-22.
  • Thread : Black.
  • Body : Black seal's fur or fine black dubbing.
  • Wing : White poly yarn or similar.
  • Hackle : Black cock.

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