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Black Dose
Tied by Bill Carpan

This Black Dose is tied on a looped eye hook. Prior to the 1900s hooks were made without eyes (now called blind eye hooks). Two or three strands of silkworm gut were soaked in water and twisted to form a tiny rope which held that form when dried. This, when tied into the body of a fly, formed a loop at the head of the fly. These loops were briefly soaked in water prior to fishing so that the somewhat brittle silkworm gut would withstand casting and playing a fish.

I tied this Black Dose on a modern hook because I intended to fish it, but, at least to me, it looks too pretty to fish.

- Bill Carpan