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Black Gnat - Dry Fly
There are many natural flies covered by the generic term 'black gnat'. These are usually terrestrial flies of the Bibio species through some fly fishermen consider the water loving Emphid flies to be the only true Black Gnat. Regardless of preference this fly will be found in most fly fishermens fly boxes as it is deadly at times.
Use The Black Gnat To Catch:
The Black Gnat can be used to catch Brown Trout
As the name indicates dry flies which include Black Gnat are designed to float on the surface of the water. Trout dry flies types which include Black Gnat imitate a wide variery of flies and insects which inhabit the surface of the water. There is nothing like using dry flies and watching trout and grayling rise to the surface. To purists dry fly fishing is the true art-form of fly fishing, indeed some rivers only permit dry fly fishing. There are some dry flies (e.g. the Popper, Muddlers) which are designed to attract fish by the action of creating a surface disturbance. The flies are made from very bouyant materials (e.g, cork, ethafoam or deer hair, the latter having a generous application of floatant). A Muddler retrieved upwind of a rise can often result in a bulge in the water as the fish follows the fly.
Dry Fly Fishing Techniques With The Black Gnat
A dry fly like Black Gnat has flotant (Gink is the most popular) warmed in your hand and gently rubbed into the hackles to help Black Gnat float and they are usually cast singly on a trout tapered leader. A floating line is used, but with the tapered leader de-greased so that it does not glint and flash light spooking the trout
The Black Gnat is a terrestrial fly imitation. Natural insects like ants & bees can be food for trout. Imitation flies like Black Gnat are available imitating the natural insects (Hymenoptera) which are very diverse in appearance. Most hymenopterans have two pairs of membranous wings. It is only usually the ant, grasshopper and bee that are regularly used as sucessful terrestrial imitations like Black Gnat for trout fishing.
Black Gnat - Fly Tying Dressing
For the more adventurous among you we have provided tying specifications for the Black Gnat. Remember at The Essential Fly we sell the Black Gnat at incredible prices with a top quality fly and service to back it up. It is certainly worth tying the Black Gnat yourself to understand the pleasure of catching a fish with your own tied fly, however at the price we sell flies it is only worth tying one or two Black Gnat as your can spend more time fishing instead of tying flies - buy volume online with us.
Dry Fly 12 to 16
None (but sometimes it is given a tail to aid its floatability)
Starling or grey duck
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Black Gnat, Black Gnat Dry Fly, Black Gnat Brown Trout Fly