THE BLACK GNAT
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A pretty simple soft hackle pattern but kind of ingenious. A spool of Gossamer silk thread in crimson color, herl from a secondary feather of a crow and a starling feather for hackle. That's all needed to make this deadly fly.
First lay a bed of thread along the hook shank. Tie in three herls of the crow feather and wind them around the tying thread. Then wind it all together along the hook shank to the head. Tie in a starling feather and give it two turns. Varnish the head and the fly is ready. I'm tying some up size 12-16 for this spring to try them out dry and wet. I believe this is a killer!
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