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Black-nosed daces

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The black-nosed dace is a pattern first made famous by legendary angler and tyer Art Flick. It has always been one of my go-to bucktail patterns too. So I tied a quartet of them this week to round out one of my spring bucktail boxes. The one pictured is a bit shaggy and perhaps not sparse enough, but I like them this way -- and the fish don't seem to mind either. Normally, I build them on Mustad 9672s or some other down-eyed streamer hook, but I have a book in which Art Flick ties them on an up-eyed salmon...

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The Warden's Worry

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You'd think a fly named Warden's Worry would have an honoured place in every fly tyer's box. Like all the old northeast bucktail streamers, however, it is rarely seen these days. That's a shame too. This pattern, which earned quite a reputation for trout in lakes and rivers is also, as I was to find out last summer, a pretty good smallmouth bass fly too. My friend John Ross and me were fishing for smallmouth on a local lake that holds lots of decent fish. We were catching the odd one here and there but certainly not setting the world...

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Tying Tigers

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With brook trout season drawing so near, I decided to tie a few Edson Light Tigers -- a classic brook trout fly if there ever was one. Here's one of a half dozen I tied. This one is in Size 6. Can't say I've ever been able to make mine look overly neat but it's certainly fishable.  The recipe is as follows: Thread: Yellow 8/0 Hook: Mustad 9672 or any other 3XL  streamer hook in sizes 6 to 10  Tag: gold tinsel Tail: folded barred wood duck Body: peacock herl rope Wing: yellow bucktail Overwing: red hackle Eyes:Jungle cock (optional)  ...

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