The black gnat is one of the most important flies in the anglers arsenal, especially during these summer months. Of all the common fly patterns, the black gnat produces some of the most reliable fishing around. Black gnats usually appear around the middle of May and often stick around for several weeks, making them a very productive fly during the early part of the summer.
They typically prefer warm, still, sunny days but can be seen even on moderately windy days. Both the males and females have a healthy attraction to water and trout are inordinately fond of them, which is good news for fly fishermen everywhere. During particularly busy periods, trout will opt for the fatter females and other surface-riding flies, such as mayfly duns, tend to be ignored.
To mark the season of the black gnat, we’re offering a special discount coupon worth 10% at checkout. Simply enter the blackgnat10 code at checkout time and the discount will be applied to your total.
Looking for somewhere to fish? We’ve recently added a new section to the site that details some of our favorite fishing spots. Take a look at our fisheries listing for more details, including a map and some key information that will help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
Maybe you already have a favorite spot, but you’re just wondering what flies to use? Take a look at our hatch charts for detailed information on what flies to use, where and when. We have grouped locations by region and provided a handy breakdown of the best flies to use at specific times of the year for each lake or river.