The Black Nose Dace

The Black Nose Dace

A weighted streamer for the early season

  • By: A. K. Best
One of my favorite streamer patterns is the classic Black Nose Dace. It imitates any species of minnow and baitfish from coast to coast and has undergone many variations during its long existence. I like to tie it as a weighted fly because I don't always carry a sinking-tip line with me. For those of you who do a lot of lake fishing, an unweighted pattern on a sinking-tip or full-sinking line will work fine. I have also made a couple of changes to the pattern that have proven to be successful.


Hook: Your favorite streamer hook in sizes 2 through 8. I prefer Mustad 79580.

Weight: Lead substitute wire. Diameter same as hook shank.

Thread: Danville's black monocord

Tail: Short (hook-point length) red yarn single strand

Body: Silver woven tinsel

Under-wing: Straight white bucktail

Over-wing: Black bucktail or black bear

Throat: Small, short clump of soft red hackle fibers. Length to equal hook gap.

1) Attach lead substitute wire over hook point and wind forward to within one hook-gap space behind the hook eye.

2) Attach tying thread in front of lead wire, wind back and forth twice to anchor lead wraps and apply a liberal amount of head lacquer to fix the weight.

3) Tie in single strand of red yarn immediately behind lead wraps. Trim length to be no longer than the distance of the hook point to the rear of the barb.

4)Tie in braided tinsel immediately behind lead wraps, lash down to cover all thread wraps to the rear, bring the bobbin forward to hang down immediately in front of the lead wraps.

5) Carefully and firmly wind the braided tinsel forward and tie off on top of the hook two hook-eye spaces behind the eye. Trim excess at an angle just behind the hook eye.

6) Select a small clump (about the diameter of a wooden match) of rather straight white bucktail, pull out all the longest hairs, flick out all the shortest hairs and use the pinch-and-pull method of stacking the tips. (You don't want a square wing on a hairwing streamer).

7) Tie on the clump so the tips extend beyond the hook bend by a distance equal to two hook gaps. Lash butts to rear of hook eye, lift butts and trim at an angle.

8) Select a very small clump of straight black hair (no more than a dozen hairs), and tie on top of the white under-wing so that the tips of both are even. Do not allow the black hairs to separate or roll to one side. Lash down just behind clipped white wing butts. Lift butts and clip off at an angle.

9) Tie in a small clump of red feather fibers as a beard hackle, trim butts, completely cover the head with thread wraps and lacquer several times to achieve a glassy head.