Griffith's Gnat
Submitted by Elaine Cook

When there are large hatches of midges, they can easily clump together and this pattern in its smaller sizes simulates this occurrence. In larger sizes, it's an attractor pattern. I prefer to fish the larger sizes. Beginners shouldn't be afraid to try this one.

Hook:TMC 101, sizes 14-22 (TMC 100 can also be used)
Thread:Black 6/0 or 8/0, 12/0 for smaller sizes
Body:Peacock herl with long barbs,
1 to 3 strands depending on size of hook
Hackle:Grizzly hackle (I prefer saddle hackles, but necks also work)

1. Crimp barb.
2. Apply thread mid-shank, wrap to rear of shank.
3. Prepare hackle by selecting hackle with barbs 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hook gap. Cut off the fuzz end. Cut 4 - 5 barbs short on each side of stem. (crew cut).
4. Tie in crew cut at rear of shank, feather tip to rear, pale side up.
5. Break fragile tips off herl. Tie in at rear of shank.
6. Make dubbing loop. Advance thread to one eye length behind hook eye. Make chenille with herl in dubbing loop.
7. Wrap chenille forward forming a full body. Tie off, cut excess.
8. Spiral hackle forward with enough wraps to make a fuzzy fly. Tie off, cut excess.
9. Wrap small thread head.
10. Whip finish, cut thread.

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