The Griffith Gnat
George Griffith is one of the founding fathers of Trout Unlimited, the international angling and conservation, and the earliest TU meetings happened in his house on the Au Sable River, near Grayling. The Griffith‘s gnat works magic on Michigan Rivers and many other rivers as well. But there‘s a bit of a mystery surrounding the Griffith‘s gnat‘s true heritage. Some say George Griffith invented it. Some say he worked with a friend to invent it, but did not actually tie the first one himself. Some say a friend of Griffith‘s invented it and just named it after him. Some say Griffith himself denied inventing it.
Griffith's Gnat is the most effective adult midge pattern ever tied, period.
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|Hook:||Tiemco 100 size 16-24.|
|Thread:||Black 8/0 or 12/0.|
|Hackle:||Grizzly saddle or neck hackle.|
- Mount the hook in the vise and lay a base of thread down the hook shank to the spot on the shank above the barb.
- Select a grizzly hackle sized to the hook. Tie the grizzly hackle on to the shank above the barb with the dull side facing the eye. Return the thread to the front of the hook.
- Tie on several wraps of peacock herl. (Number of herl is determined by the size of the hook. Two or three herl is usually sufficient for a size 18.) Return the thread to a point behind the eye.
- Wrap the peacock herl forward and tie off. Clip the excess.
- Wrap the grizzly hackle forward palmer style and tie off behind the eye. Clip the herl.
- Form a nice head and whip-finish. Clip the thread and apply head cement.
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