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Part One hundred twenty-nine

Black-Nose Dace

Black-Nose Dace

Compiled By Deanna Birkholm

"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 side."

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 ever fished.

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)

    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.]

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

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