[Video] How to Tie the Griffith’s Gnat Emerger

Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions ties a variant of Craig Mathew's Griffith's Gnat Emerger. Craig Mathews of Blue Ribbon Flies–in West Yellowstone, Montana–combined the original Griffith's Gnat pattern with his own Zelon Emerger to create the Griffith’s Gnat Emerger.

According to Mathews, the hybrid pattern works great on fish seeking individual midges and actually works as an imitation of almost any small insect.

Griffith's Gnat Emerger Recipe

Hook: Dai-Riki #125, size 20

Thread: Light olive, 8/0 or 70-denier

Trailing shuck: Golden brown Antron yarn

Hackle: Grizzly saddle hackle, slightly undersize

Thorax: Peacock herl

Head: Tying thread


About the Author Ken Sperry

Ken is an avid fisherman of 40+ years who loves to explore and is on a quest to map the best places for fly fishing in America. He created the DIY Fly Fishing App to share this information and help you find new places to fish.

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