A Black Fly

An oldie pattern from GFF   Other Lab flies

By Martin Joergensen

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 It was originally made to use some Partridge Dubbing twists that I had.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) Ball chain or chrome plastic

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

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


Hook: John Holden
Body&head: Arctic fox dubbing
Hackle: hen
Hook: B840
Body: Twists
Head: chenille
Hackle: hen
Black fly 1 Black fly 2


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


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