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Old 02-16-2015, 10:00 PM
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Default My 1st Griffith's Gnat

I lucked into a free source for Grizzly. My Sunday school teacher breeds them. Here's my first effort at tying a Griffith's gnat. The cape hackle fibers are definitely longer than the pattern I purchased at the local fly shop. Did I inadvertently invent a new pattern? Will this thing catch trout?

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Default Re: My 1st Griffith's Gnat

Fish it as a soft Hackle

There are lots of internet help on material selection, great resource for new tyers
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Default Re: My 1st Griffith's Gnat

Here's a general rule of thumb, though it's specific to dry flies.

Fly tying course # 9 Techniques for traditional dry’s | thefeatherbender.

(I didnt want to make a photobucket account to post a picture).
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Default Re: My 1st Griffith's Gnat

No you did not invent a new pattern but you did use shackle that was way too long

Pick a shackle that is 1 to 1 1/2 the hook gap

http://www.charliesflyboxinc.com/flybox/detail.cfm
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Default Re: My 1st Griffith's Gnat

If that is the smallest feather you have, you may have lucked into some free wooly bugger hackle. Nothing wrong with that either.
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Default Re: My 1st Griffith's Gnat

Please keep the comments and tips coming. I am absolutely new to fly fishing and tying and have a strong desire to learn from the more seasoned in the craft. I have never had a class and am reading books and watching YouTube videos. I would love to take a class, but nothing is in the offering near enough to make it happen. I could go to Bass Pro in Dallas (3 hours) or Shreveport (2.5 hours) and may make that trip one day.
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Default Re: My 1st Griffith's Gnat

I couldn't see the photo in the link that flytire posted, I get to an error page, so I looked it up on Charlie's Fly box........note the length of the hackle in the photo.
http://www.charliesflyboxinc.com/upl...egs%200491.jpg

Charlie Craven has 189 fly patterns listed on his fly box with detailed instructions to tie each one.
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I also highly recommend getting a copy of Charlie Craven's Basic Fly Tying book. He details the different hooks, thread types, dubbing types, hackle types, hair selection and offers numerous tying tips and details the tying techniques of some of the most common patterns.
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Default Re: My 1st Griffith's Gnat

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Fish it as a soft Hackle

There are lots of internet help on material selection, great resource for new tyers
Plus sink it and strip it like a crackleback.
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Default Re: My 1st Griffith's Gnat

I struggled with this at one point and invested in a Hackle Gauge. Slip it on the stem of your vise, measure it and it'll keep you in the ballpark.

Griffin Enterprises Hook Hackle Gauge | J. Stockard Fly Fishing

If they're too big for the really small stuff, get some 100 packs to use for the Gnats and save those big feathers for streamers or larger flies.
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Click the image to open in full size.

i like to bend the hackle under the hook shank like the photo above
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