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Griffiths Gnat Dry Fly

Created by George Griffith

HOOK: 900BL, sizes 18-22


RIB: Fine copper wire

BODY: Peacock herl

HACKLE: Grizzly, palmered

  griffiths gnat


A simple tie, the Griffiths Gnat imitates an adult midge and is useful during midge hatches. While trout feed primarily on pupa during a midge hatch, they are often receptive to a well-presented Griffiths.

For reasons I don't understand, I have found this fly's effectiveness improves with altitude. So whenever I venture into the high mountain lakes in August or September, I make sure I have a supply of Griffiths Gnats to tie on for those twilight hatches when trout dimple the surface of the lake. The pattern is also useful in rivers, especially when the flow is slow.

How to Fish

Dress the fly with floatant and use standard dry fly or chuck-and-sit presentations.

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