How to Tie: Black Nose Dance
What You’ll Need
Streamer 4xl (down eye) size 2-6
Uni- thread 6/0
Flat Tensil (large)
White, black and brown bucktail
Flat stick ons (yellow) or paint (laquer)
It doesn’t matter where you start the thread. The only thing you need to do in this step is make a thread base in the back. You’ll need to wrap in the same spot to build it up. Once you’re done doing that advance the thread back up to the eye.
Advance the thread back up to the eye. Whip finish the red thread off and change over to black
Tie your black thread in the front and cut the tag end off. You don’t need to make alot of turns, just enough to get it started. Tie in the tinsel (gold side facing up) the whole length of the shank. I’m tying large flat tinsel that comes on a spool. One side is gold and the other side is silver. There’s also a step you can do with this that is optional. If your wanting a rib also you’ll need to tie in the oval as well as the tinsel and wrap back to the bend.
When winding the flat tinsel (first) you’ll need to make sure they overlap each other just a little. This will prevent ridges or bumps in the body along the shank. The best way to do this step is with a rotary vise because you have more tension as your holding it. If you tied in the oval tinsel you need to wrap that up next and tie it down. When wrapping the oval tinsel up make sure you make big spaces in between. I would count five turns and you should be up at the eye. Cut the excess off and you’re ready to tie the wing in. Pay attention to the stopping point which is where you built the thread dam with red. So leave a little bit of red showing in the back.
Wrap the hackle back, but make sure you keep the wraps evenly spaced. The more wraps you do the higher the fly will sit out of the water. So if you only wrap lets say four wraps of hackle, more then likely you’ll have problems with it staying a float.
Once you get to the back. Hold the feather with tension and grab the wire with the other hand. You’re going to wrap the wire locking the hackle down. One turn will be enough to let go of it and cut the excess hackle off. You can also wait till the fly is complete, it’s really up to you. Then advance the wire up wrapping it the opposite direction the way you wrapped the hackle in. This will prevent a lot of hackle fibers being tied in or smashed down.
Repeat the same step as you did tying in the white. You’ll also cut this at and angle to before tying it in. And it will slightly be tied in front of the white like building stairs. Example: The black will be on the white and the brown will be on the black. But make sure you don’t tie them directly on top of each other.
This is the last set of hair you tie in. Once you’ve tied in the last wing you’ll need to clean up the head and maybe build a little bit more to have the proper amount of room to put the eyes on. If your not using stick-ons then you don’t have to build up so much head, but I’m taking the easy route and using flat stick-ons in the smallest size. Once you’ve built your head whip finish the fly and your ready to epoxy the head.