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Griffith's Gnat

 Griffith's Gnat This pattern is great. It's one of the first flies I ever learned to tie, any probably the fly I have caught the most fish with. I have used it both wet and dry. For dry use, I put a small amount of floatant on the fly. For wet, I use a sinking tip line and xink the fly.

Ingredients for this fly:
  • Mustad dry fly hook size 12-20
  • Grizzly hackle
  • Peacock herl
  • Green holo-tinsel
  • 6/0 Uni-thread
Tie in materials.

Tie in grizzly hackle, holo-tinsel, and peacock herl in that order. I tie in the reverse order of application to minimize bulk of the fly.

Start wrapping the fly.

Wrap the peacock herl around the thread to give the herl some extra strength. Wrap the herl around the shaft of the fly 5/6 of the way and tie off the herl. Trim off excess.

Wrap the tinsel.

Wrap the holo-tinsel in the opposite direction, up to the same point as the herl. Tie off and trim. The tinsel adds a nice flash on bright days, adding to it's effectiveness.

Dubbing the thorax.

Finally wrap the grizzly hackle forward. Tie off the hackle, and trim the excess. Whip finish the head of the fly, and apply a small amount of head cement.