If you fish midges chances are you know all about the Griffith’s Gnat. It is a go-to dry fly for hatches of those tiny midges.
Typically these bugs are needed in such small sizes that they can be really tough to see your drift. In steps the Hi-Vis Griffith Gnat. A nice white parachute post is the perfect touch to add some contrast against dark or clear water. I really prefer the white as in my possibly twisted mind, it also imitates a large white wing.
Step by step White Hi-Vis Griffith’s Gnat:
Begin by securing the hook in the vise. Start your thread with locking wraps and shop before the half way point of the shank.
Begin to create the parachute post by taking one hank of yarn and securing it on the top of the hook. Pull the yarn upward, prop it up by making a small thread ramp behind the post. X wrap around the post securing it in place before climbing up onto the yarn. Wrap tightly multiple times around the yarn.
Select a hackle feather by measuring the barbels against the hook gape. I tend to like mine a little over-sized to keep the fly riding high in the water. Clip about ten barbels off of one side and about five off the other. Tie in the feather so the side with more trimmed off is facing upward and will in turn wrap down on on the hook.
Select two or three strands of peacock herl and clip off the tips. Tie in on the back side of the hook on top of the hackle feather. Wrap all of the peacock herl forward with touching wraps tight to the hook shank. Secure behind the hook eye with tying thread.
Open palmer the grizzly hackle forward over top of the peacock herl. Whip finish thread. Pull the Yarn post upward and clip just past the hackle tips.
- Hook: Tiemco 102Y 15-19
- Thread: Veevus 16/0 Black
- Body: Peacock Herl
- Hackle: Grizzly Cape