Griffith’s Gnat – Fly of the Month

  • Hook: Standard dry fly Mustad 94840 or equivalent
  • Sizes: 12 to 22
  • Thread: Black 8/0 or 6/0
  • Ribbing: Gold wire
  • Body: Peacock herl
  • Hackle: Grizzly
1. This is a very simple and quick fly to tie. First start the thread about mid-shank and wrap back to the bend of the hook. Tie in a strand of gold wire.

2. Next tie in 3 to 5 strands of peacock herl (depending on hook size). Wrap thread around this, forming a “rope.” Wrap forward to just behind the eye of the hook and tie off, leaving room for the grizzly hackle in the next step.

3. Tie in the grizzly hackle at the point where the peacock herl ended. Wrap the hackle to the back of the hook palmer style. At this point secure the hackle with the gold wire. Counter-wrap the gold wire forward through the hackle to help secure it, tie it off, make a few securing wraps, and whip finish. That’s all there is.