Griffiths Gnat Dry Fly

Created by George Griffith


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 may also be 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 to a 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.

How to Fish

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

HOOK: 1X fine wire, standard shank, turned-down eye; e.g., TMC 100 or equivalent. Sizes 18-22


RIB: Fine copper wire

BODY: Peacock herl

HACKLE: Grizzly, palmered