13BLACK-NOSED DACE THUNDER CREEK
BLACK-NOSED DACE THUNDER CREEK
Hook: 6X-long straight-eye streamer hook, size 10.
Thread: White 6/0 (140 denier) or clear monofilament.
Body: Natural, black, and white deer hair.
Flash: Silver Krystal Flash.
Eyes and gills: Enamel paint.
You didn’t think I’d adjourn class without adding a streamer to your fly tying homework assignment, did you? And nothing beats Keith Fulsher’s Black-Nosed Dace. Keith created a family of racy-looking streamers designed to imitate the baitfish trout and bass regularly see, and he called them the Thunder Creek series. His Black-Nosed Dace was one of the first patterns. The body is three very small bunches of deer hair tied behind the hook eye with the tips pointing forward. Keith then folds back and ties down the bunches to create the head and body. Finally, he seals the head with a drop of epoxy and paints the eyes and gills. The key to success is using sparse bunches of deer hair.