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Old 01-04-2013, 01:06 PM
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I appreciate all the advice! I'll probably tie the proper GG pattern and also some similar gnats of my own construction .
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which is exactly why the icons were included...
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I've tried using foam a couple of ways on a traditional Griffith Gnat. Neither really worked well.

The first was using it over the back of the fly after it's tied. It sort of worked but am not sure it floated better than traditionally tied. The foam needed to be so thin on a fly this small that if the fly got water-logged I don't think the foam helped that much. Here's a picture with black foam on a size 20 hook:

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The other was to use foam as a sort of indicator sticking up from the middle of the fly. I found the fly would just float however it landed so sometimes you had a nice profile underneath and a helpful foam sighter sticking up out of the water, but other times the foam would be lying flat on the water.

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Sweet variants, Flytire! Do you dye your own peacock? I'm not sure I've ever seen dyed herls, but I guess I've never looked.
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i dont subcribe to the notion that peacock herl is the ONLY material to tie griffiths gnats

my best day on the green river in utah was fishing a griffiths gnat style variant with a cream colored dubbed body and grizzly hackle

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tie them with whatever materials you want
Flytire: That is an innovative fly. I'll keep that in mind.
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i dont subcribe to the notion that peacock herl is the ONLY material to tie griffiths gnats

my best day on the green river in utah was fishing a griffiths gnat style variant with a cream colored dubbed body and grizzly hackle
then its just a white midge, change to brown and its a brown midge, a griffiths gnat is peacock herl (color)
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natures spirit did the dyeing

if I did any dyeing I' d end up with a purple microwave
I guess I would be in the same boat if I tried dyeing, but I sure like the look of the variants with the dyed peacock herl.

This thread reminded me of a Griffiths Gnat variant I saw awhile back tied by Matt Grobert from Tightline Productions, he calls it Matt's Gnat.

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