There are numerous models of Gold-Head and the differences
between them are represented by the position of the small
metallic ball on the hook shank, or by the variety or colours
of the materials used. A Black Gold-Head dressing that I consider
very interesting for its effectiveness in catching rainbow trout
in the reservoirs is a fly which has the abdomen made with the
black seal fur and the thorax with a mix of deer and hare fur.
Hook: Partridge mod. E1A size 16 to 12 .
Head: A small metallic golden ball.
Abdomen: Black seal fur (or substitute).
Ribbing: Fine oval silver tinsel.
Thorax: Deer hair.
1. The first step of the building process of a Black Gold-Head
involves the introduction of a small metallic golden ball on the
hook shank, which is then brought close to the hook eye.
it must be of appropriate dimension to the hook we are
using, in order to give a proportionate shape to the fly
2. Mount the hook in the vice jaw and tie in a short piece of
fine oval silver tinsel with the black thread, fixing it close to
the bend of the hook.
3. Wax a stretch of thread and apply to it a pinch of black
seal fur (or substitute), to make a compact dubbing. The
dubbing is then used to form the fly abdomen along the rear
half of the hook shank.
4. Wind open turns of the fine tinsel over the body, to form
the ribbing of the nymph.
5. Now wax a new stretch of thread and make a second dubbing, using
this time a mix of deer and hare fur.
6. Make the dubbing compact and then repeatedly pass it
around the hook section interposed between the
abdomen and the small golden ball, creating a gauzy thorax.
7. The fly can now be finished with a whip-finish behind the
small golden sphere.
8. I complete the Black Gold-Head by applying a drop of clear
varnish around the rear part of the small ball, so that it
reaches the thread knots and renders the whole fly more
Fishing the Black Gold-Head Nymph
Using the Black Gold-Head in the reservoirs, we can load
our rod with a floating line armed with a long leader, that
ends with a very fine tip in order to help the nymph to
sink quickly. My fishing strategy consists in making a long
cast and then retrieve the line quite fast, making some
stops to let the fly move in, then up and down. This makes it
appear very attractive to the fish. ~ Luca Montanari
This fly is from a collection of flies produced for the
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The Black Gold-Head is one of the 86 flies described in
Luca's recent book entitled Flies - Mosche da pesca.
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Although it's written in Italian, it should be interesting
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