Video: How to Tie the Mini Dart

Last year, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions showed us how to tie the standard version of Lance Egan’s Red Dart, but now he’s back to show us a smaller, simpler version that he’s been using to great effect on his local streams this spring. This diminutive, fast-sinking nymph is designed to catch a trout’s attention in fast water and is just buggy enough to resemble a variety of naturals.

In today’s video, Tim walks you through the simple steps for tying the Mini Dart, which requires no fussy materials of techniques. If you can make a dubbing loop, you can easily whip up this pattern in no time. And who doesn’t love an easy pattern that catches fish?

          Mini Dart
 2X-short jig hook (here, a Fulling Mill 5125), size 20.
          Head: Black tungsten slotted bead, 7/64-inch.
          Thread: Red, 8/0 or 70-denier.
          Weight: Lead-free round wire, .035 or ,020.
          Tail: Chinese red Uni-Floss.
          Abdomen: Peacock Black Ice Dub.
          Collar: Pink UV Ice Dub.
          Hot Spot: Red tying thread.
          Adhesive:  Head cement (here Sally Hansen Hard-As-Nails).
          Tools: Ring plunger-style hackle pliers, dubbing whirl, whip-finish tool.

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