Published Sep 9. 2001 - 16 years ago
Updated or edited Mar 14. 2016

A Black Fly

I've had little experience fishing with this fly which is quite recent in my collection. It has all the characteristics of a good night fly, it's fast and easy to tie and durable too. It should be a fly worth having in you box.

A small black night fly
I've had little experience fishing with this fly which is quite recent in my collection. It has all the characteristics of a good night fly, it's fast and easy to tie and durable too. It should be a fly worth having in you box.

This fly has several versions. It was originally made to use some Partridge Dubbing twists that I had. The first fly looked as the one in the center below utilizing the twists and chenille. Later incarnations had dubbing heads which give a better and smoother head. The latest version has eyes beneath the dubbing resulting in a very good small fish imitation as seen to the right.
The addition of a real hen hackle (or rather Hofmann Chickabou - my new favourite material) has added further to the fly.


Hook Straight eye, 2-4, Partridge John Holden or Kamasan B840
Thread Black
Body Black Partridge Dubbing Twists or plain dubbing
Rib (If dubbing is used) Copper wire
Tail/back Black flash straws
Hackle Collar from black hen hackle
Head Black dubbing or chenille
Eyes (Optoinal) Bead chain

Black Fly - the most recent version
The most recent version
Hook: B840
Body: Wool
Head: Wool
Hackle: Chickabou

2 black flies
Top hook: John Holden
Bottom hook: Mustad 34011
Body: Twists
Head: chenille
Hackle: hen

Black fly 1
Hook: John Holden
Body&head: Arctic fox dubbing
Hackle: hen

Black fly 2
Hook: B840
Body: Twists
Head: chenille
Hackle: hen

Black fly 3
Hook: John Holden
Body&head: Arctic fox dubbing
Hackle: Arctic fox

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