a better G-Gnat

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.
brilliant !

9 thoughts on “a better G-Gnat

  1. Almost exactly the way I tie them too, much less likely for a stiff hackle to act like a propeller and spin the leader when tied like this too.
    Brilliant timing Marc, I was just talking to someone about these a few days ago and was looking on youtube for a video to show them, couldn’t find one before that tied the fly this way.
    Andreas Lestander makes a really good video too, very clear dialogue and good quality filming …. love it.

    • he just put it up yesterday ! good point about the spinning, that had slipped my mind. thanks again for the C&R logo ! it’s getting quite a few shares 🙂

  2. I like this method.

    For such a simple, tiny fly, the Griffith Gnat is extremely effective. I tie them in different colors (which probably means they are no longer Griffith Gnats) and skate ’em like itty bitty caddis.

    • you just summed up the beauty of the beast, Quill.
      different colors and sizes, and not just tiny ! i’ve seen them in sizes 10 & 8 with the idea that it’ll imitate two mating midges. could be interesting to find a loooong shank hook and imitate an orgy ! :mrgreen:
      anyhow, it’s what i was pointing to in my ‘yummy-buggy’ comment. it looks like everything and it looks like nothing.
      take care,

      • It is definitely one of those presentation vs imitation patterns, everything and nothing, as you say. The midges of Fish in a Barrel Pond are small enough that when I tell people there is a hatch of “huge!” midges on, they know to pull out maybe a #16. I do tie doubles — two flies on a hook — to look like mating midges, but nothing as large as #10 or #8 (stupid question of the day: do we use the same hook size designations everywhere?). A G-Gnat in a matching color, skated to leave a little wake gets lots of attention when midges are doing their thing, but they also make a great “searching” pattern.

        I also appreciate that there are no wings or tails to fuss with at the vise. Tie on, wrap, tie off and snip.

  3. hey Quill !
    hook sizes- far from a stupid question mate, and one that peaks my interest which’ll bring up some researching and a post about it soon. as far as i know, there’s only a ‘somewhat’ standard…
    and each manufacturer will more or less do what they please. a bit like rod/line ratings in the FF world or shoe sizes in the foot world.
    and then, this would all assume a ‘standard’ hook design/shape and they’re all different !
    ex- take a Partridge Klinkhammer in size 18 and compare it to a ‘standard dry-fly’ hook of the same size. i’ll try to find one (klink) to measure it but it’s something like 2 cm long with a much bigger gap. it’s like having an acid flashback ! 😎
    anyhow, it’s all part of the fun i guess and just another reason why i pick and chose hooks by the ‘size looks good’ factor instead of reading the number. :mrgreen:

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