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black gnat

noun, Angling.
a type of artificial fly, used chiefly for trout and salmon. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The black gnat was on the water, and the water was strictly preserved.

    The Day's Work, Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling
  • I don't know what he'll take, but we'll try him first with a black gnat.

    The Black Fawn James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • We had offered them every kind of midge fly or black gnat we could think of, with scant success.

    Chats on Angling H. V. Hart-Davis
  • The fish were not particular as to the fly, with the one exception of the black gnat, which they would not as much as look at.

    Lines in Pleasant Places

    William Senior
  • The black gnat—dubbed with black mohair, the wings of the lightest part of a starling.

    The Teesdale Angler R Lakeland
  • It is, speaking broadly, first cousin to the black gnat, though it is very much larger.

    Old Flies in New Dresses Charles Edward Walker

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