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Fly Tying Video: Griffith’s Gnat with Ben Baxter

Sometimes, simplicity in fly tying is a beautiful thing. As much as we love innovative new materials, techniques and patterns, we also have a soft spot for the classics. Anglers have been tying Griffith’s Gnat on the business end of fly fishing rigs for well over half a century.

Developed by George Griffith, one of the founders of Trout Unlimited, Griffith’s Gnat can imitate a variety of insects, but is most commonly used to imitate adult and emerging midges, midge clusters, or small mayflies.

In this new fly tying video, Ben Baxter gives us a step-by-step look at tying Griffith’s Gnat:

Griffith's Gnat Fly Recipe:

Hook: Tiemco 101 - Sizes 16-26

Abdomen: Veevus 16/0 - Black

Body: Peacock Herl from an eyed quill

Hackle: Rooster Hackle - Grizzly


You can purchase Griffith’s Gnat from Umpqua here– scroll down the page to view the fly recipe and materials. If you need help or have questions about fly tying, please visit us at the fly shop or call us at 303-794-1104. We’d be glad to help you find the materials and tools you need to get started.

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