Black Smut trout fly

Black Smut trout fly

Black Smut trout fly

Black Smut – trout fishing fly

Fished in the film during a chironomid hatch, with the upper hackles greased, often very productive! It’s only tied half way down thereabouts on the hook shank, so as to give a sparse silhouette, yet maintain a reasonable size hook strength. I found it works well when any small black stuff is around on the water, like caenid, chironomid, ants.

Hook: size 16

Tail: elongated black cock squirel fibres

Body: tied short with black silk, 2/3 of the shank length

Hackle: few turns of dark olive or black cock (grizzle optional)

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