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Black-nosed daces

Posted by Steve Galea at

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

Posted by Steve Galea at

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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