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Pattern Griffith's Gnat
Griffith's Gnat
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Category Dries
Entered Wed, 26 Apr 2006
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Hook: TMC 101 #16-26..................................Thread 8/0 or 10/0 black..............................Hackle: Grizzly..................................Body: Peacock herl from the eyed quill
Pattern Description
The Griffith's Gnat was designed by the famous sheriff from Mayberry, Andy Griffith, to catch those darned redears that he and Opie were so fond of chasing. It can imitate both a cluster of mating midges as well as a single adult midge when tied in the right sizes. I prefer to tie mine with somewhat undersized hackle, to let the fly sit lower in the surface film. I often trim the hackle on the bottom of the fly flush to the body to further this low posture. This is truly a great fly for our western midge hatches and is a very simple pattern to tie.