Welcome to 'just old flies,' a section of methods and flies that
used-to-be. These flies were tied with the only materials
available. Long before the advent of 'modern' tying
materials, they were created and improved upon at a
far slower pace than todays modern counterparts;
limited by materials available and the
Once long gone, there existed a 'fraternity' of anglers
who felt an obligation to use only the 'standard' patterns
of the day. We hope to bring a bit of nostalgia to these pages and to
you. And sometimes what you find here will not always be
about fishing. Perhaps you will enjoy them. Perhaps you
will fish the flies. Perhaps?
Part One hundred twenty-nine
Compiled By Deanna Birkholm
Archive of Old Flies
"In 1947, Art Flick's Streamside Guide
listed only one bucktail, the Black-Nose Dace. Various
authors differ on exactly what the fly represents with
one claiming it "resembles chubs, dace and a host of
small minnows that have the dark lateral line down their
The inventor, Art Flick, however claims there are two
species of minnows trout feed on . The Rhinichthys
atratulus and Semotilus atromaculatus.
While the local names vary for these minnows, Flick
claimed he had found them on every trout stream he
Neither of the specie exceed three and a half inches in
length, and are most commonly called Black-Nose Dace.
Flick said "as this name is as good as any other, I will use
it. Certainly it is a lot more chummy than its technical
name, and a bit easier to pronounce."
Quoting Art Flick, "Because the Black-Nose Dace is so well
liked by trout, I tried to imitate it as closely as possible
with a bucktail. The result is one that has proved itself
successful, as well as one that will take a lot of abuse."
"About the only time I fish it is early in the spring, and on
days later in the season when I can do nothing with dry flies."
The pattern is: Black-Nose Dace
(As tied by Dick Surette)
Credits: quoted sections and information from
Art Flick's New Streamside Guide published by Crown.
Color photo and recipe from Trout and Salmon Fly Index
by Dick Surette. ~ DLB
Hook: Mustad #3665A, #9575 or #38941,
sizes 4 through 12.
Thread: Black-silk, monocord or nylon.
Tag: Red yarn, very short.
Body: Flat silver tinsel.
(Lower Third) - Polar bear or white impali;
(Middle Third) - Black skunk or black bear; (Top Third) - Brown bucktail.
[Head: Black silk.]
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