Early every spring I start to get dry fly fever. The thought of small midge adults coming to the water’s surface to get pummeled by hungry trout get me excited every year at this time. The Hi-Vis Griffith’s Gnat represents a cluster of adult midges, but all in all it is just a buggy looking fly. With grizzly hackle and a peacock herl body, it is hard not to look buggy and delicious! This variation is identical to the traditional Griffith’s Gnat with the exception of the parachute that makes it more visible, especially in faster water. It is quite buoyant and floats well enough to suspend small nymphs such as midge pupa imitations or unweighted beatis patterns. It is not only effective during the early parts of the year when it is still freezing outside, but if truly works well year round on many streams and lakes.
Hook: Any standard dry fly hook (e.g. Daiichi 1100 or Tiemco 100)
Thread: Black 8/0
Body: Peacock herl
Parachute: Para post, poly yarn, Z-lon, or any other highly visible material in any bright color you prefer
Sizes: Anywhere from 14 to 22, but my favorites are 14-18