Tuesday Tutorial: CDC Griffith Gnat

Before Shane Stalcup passed away at the age of 48 in 2011, he was one of the greats of fly tying, with innovative patterns that produced elegant and productive flies. A great writer on the subject of fly fishing as well, his book Mayflies: “Top to Bottom” is one of the most comprehensive looks at the mayfly hatches of the west around, and if you’re lucky enough to find a copy still kicking around you should snatch it up. Like most patterns that came from Shane’s vise, this CDC Griffith Gnat is a new approach to a well worn fly that adds a whole lot of action and fish-catching goodness. The Griffith Gnat is a perfect midge pattern for clusters of the bugs, and it works twelve months of the year in the right conditions. Stingy fish often can’t resist this funny little bug, and the addition of CDC makes it have even more action like a group of midges clumped together ready to eat. Super simple, super effective an tied by one of the all-time greats. Give this one a shot and a few slots in your midge box.

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