United Fly Tyers of Rhode Island, Inc.

Black Gnat Wet Fly

Tied by: Richard Buckley

​Hook: Std Wet Fly hook 10-16
Thread:  Black
Tail: Red hackle fibers
Butt: Red floss
Body: Black dubbing
Hackle:  Black hen feather
Wings: Natural duck quill

The Black Gnat is a traditional wet fly I like to tie and fish on a swing or a down and across method. It's very effective early in the season as a searching fly when there are no hatches or rising fish showing. The floss and quill wings make this a very delicate fly but I will show you ways to make it more durable.