Andreas Lestander‘s variation of the Griffith’s Gnat
not much to say about this pattern except for it’s an absolute must-have go-to fly for any trout or grayling fisher. (or any bug slurping fish !) for some reason it’s supposed to resemble a gnat… but to me it simply looks yummy-buggy and experience has taught me that the fish feel the same. ’nuff said.
typically tied by wrapping the peacock herl forward, fixing it, then wrapping the feather forward over the herl then tying off, Andreas shows us here how to make a much stronger bond of the two materials by wrapping them both around the tying thread before winding the whole lot together towards the hook eye. this makes for a super-tough and buggier version than the original G-Gnat while keeping all it’s attractive properties. who wants to have a fly that’s working really well fall apart after just a few fish ? not me.