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)